Mosaic floor in Villa Romana del Casale - detail of the bikini girls mosaic
The villa appeared to have served several purposes. It contained some rooms that were residential, others that had official purposes, and a number of rooms of unknown intended use. They were definitely not built for commercial or production uses. The villa would probably have been the permanent residence of the owner; it would have been where the owner, in his role as patron, received his local clients; and it would have functioned as the administrative center of the latifundium.
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