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Fresco of a peacock from a colombarium (private mausoleum) found in Villa…

Fresco of a peacock from a colombarium (private mausoleum) found in Villa…

Painted Garden, Villa of Livia, detail with pomegranate by profzucker, via Flickr. Painted Garden, removed from the triclinium (dining room) in the Villa of Livia Drusilla, Prima Porta, fresco, 30-20 B.C.E. (Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo, Rome)

Painted Garden, Villa of Livia, detail with pomegranate by profzucker, via Flickr. Painted Garden, removed from the triclinium (dining room) in the Villa of Livia Drusilla, Prima Porta, fresco, 30-20 B.C.E. (Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo, Rome)

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peacock mosaic - Startpage Picture Search

peacock mosaic - Startpage Picture Search

Papyrus Plants from the Bronze Age Excavations of Akrotiri on Santorini

Papyrus Plants from the Bronze Age Excavations of Akrotiri on Santorini

Torre Annunziata - Oplonti's archaeological excavation - fresco via Wikimedia Commons

Torre Annunziata - Oplonti's archaeological excavation - fresco via Wikimedia Commons

Peacock facing right Fresco, mid-1st century CE.  The peacock was a delicacy in Rome, not because it tasted good, but because it cost so much. For example, in Petronius’ Satyricon, the pompous Trimalchio flaunts his wealth by serving peacock eggs to his dinner guests. Imported from India as pets, peacocks enhanced the Roman garden with colorful plumage and a nasty demeanor.

Peacock facing right Fresco, mid-1st century CE. The peacock was a delicacy in Rome, not because it tasted good, but because it cost so much. For example, in Petronius’ Satyricon, the pompous Trimalchio flaunts his wealth by serving peacock eggs to his dinner guests. Imported from India as pets, peacocks enhanced the Roman garden with colorful plumage and a nasty demeanor.

Ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum.    Roman paintings in ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum..  Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples. Italy

Ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum. Roman paintings in ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum.. Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples. Italy

Minoan Boxing Boys   Fresco Art   Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece

Minoan Boxing Boys Fresco Art Akrotiri, Santorini, Greece

IC 51 Ceiling in the Saints Peter and Paul Burial Chamber two peacocks. pecs, hungary

IC 51 Ceiling in the Saints Peter and Paul Burial Chamber two peacocks. pecs, hungary

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