Lifestyles of the rich and Roman

A new exhibit on life in a Roman villa is now open at the Complesso di San Nicolo in Ravenna, Italy. Titled Otium: The Art of Living in the Roman House of the Imperial Age, the exhibit includes frescos, mosaics and over 100 household items.

The world "otium" means leisure, a goal which much influenced the use of space and decoration in Roman culture.

The show closes October 5, 2008.

To read the article describing life in a Roman villa, click on "original article" below. To view a slideshow of the exhibit, visit