Saturday, September 28, 2013
I am the handmaid of the earth,
I ‘broider fair her glorious gown,
And deck her on her days of mirth
With many a garland of renown.
And while Earth's little ones are fain
And play about the Mother's hem
I scatter every gift I gain
From sun and wind to gladden them.
'Flora' from 'Poems By The Way' – William Morris 1834 -1896
The image is an exquisite pastoral fresco of 'Flora', Roman goddess of Spring (Primavera), flowers, fertility and abundance, filling her basket with freshly picked blooms.
Stabiae, a popular resort town of the Roman era. The fresco was found in the excavations of the Villa Arianna and it is now at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Stabiae was destroyed at the same time as Pompeii, in an eruption by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
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