Faradid: More than two thousand years ago, a small residential area near the city of Naples (in the south of Italy) was the residence, resort and party venue of Roman generals, merchants and even emperors.
A famous archaeological site today, Posillipo has taught experts about ancient Roman life for years. Archaeologists from the Oriental University of Naples recently discovered a large hall made of white mosaics and its mosaic floor has a double framework of black tiles.
This hall is the latest discovery of the university's excavation campaign in Posilipon; A 2000-year-old imperial villa that once belonged to the Roman emperor Augustus. Augustus, whose reign lasted from 31 BC until his death in 14 AD, was the first Roman emperor. He is remembered for his pioneering in changing the republic into an empire after the death of his great uncle and guardian, Julius Caesar.
In December, the Oriental research team discovered another floor in the villa. According to archaeologists, this floor contains the villa's living room, which overlooks the Bay of Naples. The first owner of Villa Publius Vedio Polion was a rich merchant, knight and politician who was close to Augustus.
The two disagreed, but after Pollio's death in 15 BC, the villa passed to Augustus, who gave it a new name and rebuilt it. The villa was famous for its banquets during Polius's stay there, and Augustus was one of the regular guests.
Part of the archaeological site of Poseilipon is open to the public and is known for having a tunnel that covers nearly half a mile, theaters and a temple. Posipillo is about 150 miles south of Rome and remains the top choice of Naples' wealthy classes.