When it was built in the 2nd century, Lullingstone villa was the height of luxury for its owner, Publius Helvius Pertinax, a former Roman Emperor and Governor of Britain. Now the site is one of the best examples of Roman villas in the country. (photos)
Experts have always known that the villa belonged to a high-status individual, but only recently determined that the owner was probably Pertinax. The identification was made partly through the discovery of a personal seal, coins and statuary.
The story includes a number of color photos of Lullingstone villa.