The Roman Villa of Agios Donatos

Investigation of fragments of a wall painting dated to the Roman period.

A large number of fragments of wall painting was found during the excavation of one room in the ruins of a Roman villa in Thesprotia, Greece. The question was if the fragments belonged to one painting or if they came from different wall decorations, maybe made at different times. Material studies of the fragments showed that they belonged to one painting, confirmed by laboratory analyses of a relevant set of samples. According to stylistical interpretations the decoration was made in the so called Second Pompeian style, which in Italy was in vouge in the 1st century BC.

The study was made within the archaeological project ”The Thesprotia Expedition” of the Finnish Institute at Athens.