Unsolved Riddle of The Roman Villa Ruins

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In that year, archaeologists found one of the first Christian chapel in England, the graves of men and women, couples a unique mosaic floor, and two marble statues.

The owner of the villa in Kent was eventually identified as a former Roman emperor. Archaeologists believe the site near the village Eynford is close to Orpington, house Helvius Publius Pertinax.

Partinax was governor of England in 185 to 187 BC and became emperor in 193 BC where the only rule for 87 days at the beginning of the year of five emperors’ in which the kingdom was destroyed by the killer.

High quality seal found outside the villa and it is believed as a sign of the governor personally. Two pictures statue in the villa may be identified as Pertinax and his father.


This research was conducted by Martin Henig, professor of Roman art and culture at Oxford University and Richard de Kind of Germany. Joanne Gray, curator of Lullingstone said, “We know that the site might have belonged to someone with high status because of the size, quality and findings arkeologinya mosaic floor.”

“The scene on the seal is one of triumph. A picture that Romans often used as a sign of imperial power. “

Son of a slave, Petrinax born 126 BC in Piedmont Italy and became a brilliant military commander. Fight a series of wars under the emperor, he was stationed in Britain in 186 BC to crush the rebellion before becoming governor of the Sixth Legion.

When the emperor Commodus was murdered, was appointed as his successor Pertinax. He is preparing a series of measures to balance the budget luxury Commodus.

However, simple steps that made him unpopular and he was killed by his own bodyguard at the age of 66 years.

Historians say the villa was built in 82 BC, were enlarged in 150 BCE and used by others for more than 300 years until it burned in the 5th century. Basement and foundation walls can still be seen at the site where the British maintained by Heritage.

Gray said the research conducted archaeologist Martin Henig, professor of Roman art and culture at Oxford University and archaeologist Richard de Kind of Germany. He added, “The study showed points Lullingstone is strong enough that the governor’s mansion. Everything seems to fit.

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