Those Romans sure got far. Here was a whole city of ruins, complete with sewage systems, impressive floor mosaics (guarded by no more than a simple chain) and what city is complete without a brothel.
Volubilis must have been an awesome bustling city in the first centuries AD. Citizens of Volubilis were exempt of Roman taxes, because they lived so far away. Must have been paradise!
Marble mosaic floor ‘House of Orpheus’, Volubilis.
‘House of Orpheus’ marble mosaic floor detail, Volubilis
‘The Exploits of Hercules’ marble mosaic floor, Volubilis
‘Aphrodite taking a Bath’ marble mosaic floor, Volubilis
a mosaic on the floor of the ‘Knight’s house’ in Volubilis, near Meknes, Morocco. Bacchus finds Ariadne asleep, Theseus having wandered off somewhere. The winged Eros makes a suggestion. Mosaic is about six feet across.
Detail of a mosaic on the floor of the ‘Knight’s house’ in Volubilis, near Meknes, Morocco: Bacchus’ standing behind Ariadne’s bare leg. they went on to have six children together.
in the floor of the ‘Labours of Hercules house’ in Volubilis, near Meknes, Morocco. mosaic is about two feet across.
in the floor of the ‘Labours of Hercules house’ in Volubilis, near Meknes, Morocco. mosaic is about two feet across, special appearance by dead lion.
4 Photos above taken in the middle of a torrential rain that cleared the ruins of other tourists, and washed all the dust off the mosaics so i could get a decent picture. not long after taking this picture, I shared shelter in an upturned bin with one of the site’s guardians, who walk around with whistles to warm people not to knock stuff over or walk on the walls.
Volubilis (Arabic: وليلي Oualili) is an archaeological site in Morocco situated near Meknes between Fez and Rabat. The nearest town is Moulay Idriss. Volubilis features the best preserved excavations in this part of northern Africa dating from the Roman Empire. In 1997 the site was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
In antiquity, Volubilis was an important Roman town situated on the westernmost border of Roman conquests. It was built about 40 C.E., probably on the site of a previous Carthaginian settlement from the 3rd century B.C.E. Volubilis takes its name from the Berber name Alili meaning Oleander flower, which is common in the area.
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