“The House of the Faun” is Pompeii’s largest villa; it is more like a senatorial mansion than any other villa one might find on the site.
It is probable that the welcome greeting “H.A.V.E.”, by the villa’s main entrance, was more of a statement and less of a welcome, meaning that the “romanization” process of the area was complete, that the Romans were, indeed, there to “stay”.  By the centre of the main “atrium”, a large room situated by the front section of the villa, inside the rain-collecting pool, there is a “replica” of the original statuette of the “Dancing Faun”, a mythical creature associated with the magic world of the woods.

 

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