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Arts, Volume 8, Issue 2 (June 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The House of Leda at the Sicilian city of Soluntum was built in the second to early-first century [...] Read more. The House of Leda at the Sicilian city of Soluntum was built in the second to early-first century BCE but renovated in the first century CE during the Roman Empire. One prominent change to this residence was the inclusion of Fourth-Style frescoes in its dining room, which reveal a particular interest in the painted depiction of stone such as marble or granite. The renovation was not wholesale since the owner also chose to preserve a number of decorative elements from the Hellenistic-era phase of the house including sculptures, cut-limestone pavements, and an intricate mosaic of an astronomical instrument. The result was a unified, mixed-media domestic ensemble that encouraged the viewer to compare and contrast the faux marble and stone in the dining room’s Fourth-Style frescoes with the Hellenistic-era marble and stone artworks throughout the rest of the house. View this paper