House of Orpheus, Volubilis

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Carole Raddato
published on 12 December 2022
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The House of Orpheus at Volubilis (in modern-day Morocco) takes its name from the large mosaic depicting Orpheus playing the lyre to an audience of animals and birds. The mosaic embellished the house's triclinium (dining room), where the diners would have reclined on couches set against the walls. Volubilis was a prosperous city, largely thanks to its trade in olive oil, and a number of houses, including the House of Orpheus with its mosaic floors, suggest wealthy owners.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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