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Roman villa of Skala

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Roman villa in Skala
Roman villa in Skala

Roman villa of Skala (island of Kefalonia, Greece) was discovered in 1957. Situated on the southern coast, it certainly offered a beautiful view. Six rooms have survived to our times: a hall, three rooms, a smaller room and an open courtyard. The villa certainly also had its own bathroom with a heating system – hypocaustum.

In the hall you can see a mosaic floor showing Phthonus – the Greek god of jealousy and anger. God is shown as a young man who is attacked by wild animals (lion, tiger, panther and leopard). The scene was surrounded by geometric motifs.

Mosaic floor in a Roman villa in Skala.

In one of the large rooms there is a mosaic showing the altar, fruit and boys who sacrifice a bull and a ram. In other rooms, in turn, we can see mosaics presenting geometrical figures.

Roman floor mosaic in the hall.

The object – in the opinion of scientists – is dated to the 2nd century CE; and destruction took place in the 4th century AD due to fire. Part of the remains of the villa was an early Christian church, which was also destroyed in a fire in about the 10th century.

The interior of a Roman villa in Skala

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