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This is a shot inside of the Royal Box taken during the informative 9-minute audio/visual presentation.  This is how the box may have looked when Marcus Agrippa visited the place.

The Royal Box was decorated with stucco reliefs and colorful wall paintings.  The theater and room were probably redecorated in anticipation of the visit of Marcus Agrippa, Augustus's right-hand man, in 15 or 14 BC.  The walls have evidence of at least two layers of frescos.

The walls have three longitudinal registers.  The bottom register is decorated with lively-colored frescos with "margins" that imitate Herodian masonry.  The middle register had faux columns and imitation "windows"—the "shutters" of which were "open."  In the open "window" were a variety of scenes, evidently stressing the achievements of Augustus and Marcus Agrippa—for example, the victory at the Battle of Actium, the conquest of Egypt, etc.  The upper register was composed of stucco reliefs.