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Favorite thing: The frescoes most photographed and most striking in Herculaneum are undoubtedly those in one of the Augustal mansions.
The Augustals were freed slaves, or liberta, who worshiped the emperor Augustus from this meeting hall near the forum as well as other places.

Fondest memory: These frescoes, located in a side room within the hall are striking not only for their quality but also their colours. The one on the left wall (pic 1) shows the entrance of Hercules to Olympus, accompanied by Jupiter (in the form of a rainbow), Juno and Minerva; the one on the right of the room (second pic) shows a battle between Hercules and the Etruscan god Acheloo.
In a caretaker's room at the back a skeleton was found lying on the bed; perhaps he was in some ways lucky and slept through it all.

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