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Apollo and Daphne Fresco
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A view of a fresco that is in a bedroom (cubiculum) that is near the atrium of the House of the Ephebe at Pompeii.  Apollo is seated.  He was the Greek god of music, poetry, art and a warrior—note the quiver on his back the is visible over his left shoulder.

Apollo pursued a fleeing nymph named Daphne—pictured on the right.  When she was about to be caught she cried to her father for help.  The fresco depicts Apollo reaching out for her and her hair changing into foliage and her arms into branches—note the branch that Apollo is grasping.  She was turned into a laurel tree!


The House of the Ephebus is also known as the House of P. Cornelius Tages.  It takes its name from a bronze statue of the ephebus that was found there.  It is located about seven blocks (insula) east of the Roman Forum.  It is a large "house" consisting of three houses that were merged into one!  Location: Regio (Region) I, Insula 7, Doors 10-12.