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Title: The 'House of the Rape of Europa' at Cos
Subtitle: Proposals for a Contextual Study of the Decoration
Author(s): SIRANO, Francesco
Volume: 80 Date: 2005
The ‘House of the Rape of Europa’ in Cos stands as one of the most significant examples of residential building in the city (some 550 m2). It was inhabited 3rd century BC-3rd century AD and underwent periodic restoration, until it was destroyed in a disastrous landslide.
The archaeological investigations brought to light remains of wall decoration (about 35 m2) and part of the furnishings, notably seven marble statues. This paper presents some considerations concerning the overall decorative scheme of the house in the last phase of occupation. The involved materials are summarily illustrated and the various elements placed in context formulating a first comprehensive interpretation.