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Location Torre Annunziata, Province of Naples, Campania, Italy
Coordinates 40°45′26″N 14°27′09″E / 40.757192°N 14.45258°E / 40.757192; 14.45258Coordinates: 40°45′26″N 14°27′09″E / 40.757192°N 14.45258°E / 40.757192; 14.45258
Site notes
Management Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei
Website Oplontis (in Italian)
Official name Archaeological Areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata
Type Cultural
Criteria iii, iv, v
Designated 1997 (21st session)
Reference no. 829
Region Europe and North America
Oplontis and other cities affected by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The black cloud represents the general distribution of ash and cinder. Modern coast lines are shown.

Oplontis was an ancient Roman site near Pompeii in Italy.[1] It is best known today for the sumptuous Roman Villa Poppaea which is open to visitors. As with other Roman sites in the area, such as Herculaneum and other villas, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried it under a deep layer of ash on August 24, AD 79.

The name "Oplontis" most likely referred originally to the baths in the area of Campo Oncino, but today the name commonly covers the group of villas in the middle of the modern town of Torre Annunziata (Torre Nunziata in the local Neapolitan dialect).

The villa was excavated in the mid-20th century up to 1984,[2] and is associated with Poppaea Sabina, the second wife of Nero.[3]

A second villa, the Villa of L. Crassius Tertius, was discovered in 1974, 300 metres east of the Villa Poppaea,[4] during the construction of a school. A bronze seal bearing Crassius' name was found at the site.

A large number of artifacts from Oplontis are preserved in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

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  1. ^ "Oplontis - AD79eruption". sites.google.com.
  2. ^ "Oplontis". Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  3. ^ "The Oplontis project". The University of Texas at Austin, Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Villa B". Retrieved 23 May 2017.

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