Villa of the Papyri

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Ruins of the Villa of the Papyri
Ruins of the Villa of the Papyri

The most famous of the luxurious villas at Herculaneum is the Villa of the Papyri, now identified as the magnificent seafront retreat for Piso, Julius Caesar's father-in-law. It stretches down towards the sea in four terraces. Piso, a literate man who patronized poets and philosophers, built there a fine library, the only one to survive intact from antiquity. Excavations of the library resulted in the recovery of the Herculaneum Papyri.

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