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Bulla Regia

Bulla Regia

1. Underground palace

2. Humbler mansions

3. House of Amphitrite

4. Memmian baths

5. Toilets, fresh air and water

6. The theatre

7. The Forum


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House of Amphitrite
Bulla Regia, Tunisia

House of Amphitrite has its name from the superb mosaic in one of its underground rooms. Amphitrite was a sea goddess, yet, the dominating figure on the mosaic is Venus.
Venus is flanked by two centaurs, both with strong facial expressions. Venus is clearly shocking or amazing them both. Also note the Cupid riding on a dolphin while admiring himself in a mirror (lower right corner on photo).
The story goes that when this building was excavated, a skeleton tied to a chair was found, apparently being a woman punished for adultery.

By Tore Kjeilen