Scenes from Homer’s Odyssey, Via Graziosa

This fresco cycle showing scenes from Homer’s Odyssey would have decorated an ancient Roman home.

Scenes from Homer’s Odyssey (books 10–12), before 46 B.C.E., fresco, 142 x 292; 142 x 292; 146 x 292; 142 x 292 cm (Vatican Museums), excavated in 1848 from a domus on Via Graziosa, now Via Cavour, Rome. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Additional resources

This fresco at the Vatican Museums

Umberto Pappalardo, The Splendor of Roman Wall Painting (Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2009).

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Cite this page as: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, "Scenes from Homer’s Odyssey, Via Graziosa," in Smarthistory, August 21, 2023, accessed February 23, 2024,