The Villa is named for the paintings in one room of the residence. This space may have been a triclinium, and is decorated with very fine frescoes. Although the actual subject of the frescoes is hotly debated, the most common interpretation of the images is scenes of the initiation of a woman into a special cult of Dionysus, a mystery cult that required specific rites and rituals to become a member. Of all other interpretations, the most notable is that of Paul Veyne, who believes that it depicts a young woman undergoing the rites of marriage.
Virtual Villa of the MysteriesIt is now possible to discover the Villa of the Mysteries without traveling to Pompeii. A reconstruction of this famous mansion has been created in Second Life. Visitors can explore each room and admire the wonderful paintings of the Roman era.
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