House of Livia

Continuing with the theme of Women’s History Month, allow me to introduce you to Livia Drusilla (58 BC – 29 AD), wife to Emperor Augustus…

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 An excavation of her house in Prima Porta, a suburb of Rome, in 1863 revealed four frescoes adorning the walls of an underground room.

paintings filled with images of birds…

villa de livia

villa de livia

flowers…

villa de livia

 

plants…

villa de livia

and trees…

villa de livia

One plant in particular which was depicted in the Garden Room was the bay laurel…

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There was a significance to the bay laurel’s representation in the room.  Livia’s house was known as the Villa ad Gallinas Albas – House of the White Hen – the story goes that when Livia became engaged a white hen dropped a laurel branch into her lap.  She took this as a good omen with laurel being the symbol of peace and victory.  Supposedly Livia planted the branch which was the beginning of a laurel grove on the estate.

a visit to Villa di Livia is going on my list…

villa de livia

the paintings are so beautiful…

villa de livia

villa de livia

villa de livia

and I love the story!

enjoy your Tuesday…

dog in chicken costume

images via wikipedia and imagex

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Comments

  1. I love that! Lets go!!!