Looking for the mansion of Herodes Atticus
Posted by Greeka on 23 Nov 2011
Recent excavations have brought to light ancient remains in the area of Kifisia, in the northern suburbs of Athens. Archaeologists estimate that those findings belong to the luxurious mansion of the Roman politician and benefactor Herodes Atticus, who had his summer house there.
Inside a room of this Roman building, segments of frescoes with plant decoration have been found as well as tubes in good condition and a water tank dating from the 2nd century A.D. Given the major significance of these findings, the Central Archaeological Council approved their restoration and preservation so that they will be available to the public.
The plan is to excavate the findings and raise poles among them, following the example of the new Acropolis Museum, so that visitors can see the site from above through a glass. Similar findings have also been discovered in the region, like a Roman bath and most importantly the bust of Herodes Atticus, which is currently displayed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Herodes Atticus was born in Marathonas in 103 A.D. He was highly educated and the most powerful man in Athens at his time. He made many benefactions to the town, including the impressive Theatre of Herodes Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis.