KNOSSOS - VILLA DIONYSOS

Knossos was the site of a Roman city, the Colonia Iulia Nobilis Cnossus. The largest of the Roman buildings to have been excavated so far is the so-called Villa Dionysos, named for its magnificent mosaic floors depicting Dionysos and his followers. The Villa lies on the east-facing lower slopes of the acropolis hill overlooking what was probably the forum of the Roman city, about half a kilometre north-west of the Minoan Palace of Knossos.

The Villa was built in the 1st century AD, altered and redecorated during the 2nd century and destroyed by an earthquake in about AD 200. The excavated remains consist of a series of rooms with polychrome mosaic pavements, ranged around three sides of a colonnaded peristyle courtyard.

The ΚΓ' Ephoria, The British School at Athens and the University of Cyprus have undertaken a program of full conservation of the Villa and its mosaics.

Sara PATON

 visit the British School at Athens web site for a QTVR tour of the villa

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