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12 August 2019
Some of the most exquisite wall paintings and mosaics ever found in Roman Britain originated at Lullingstone in Kent. Mackenzie walks us through the estate, from the fields and granary to the temple-mausoleum and extravagant dining room. Drawing on archaeological evidence, as well as Latin literary sources, she brings out the theatricality of the place and its appeal as a site for otium or leisure, and charts its fascinating rediscovery and excavation. There are nicely produced photographs of the art (especially the incredible Bellerophon/Pegasus and the seasons mosaic), location, and comparable sites, and charming illustrations showing how the villa and its rooms might have looked in their heyday. Mackenzie is the observant and witty guide you want as you tour the villa – whether in person or from your armchair.
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