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The House of the Masks

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Michael Horst
Contributors: Elise Johnson, Michael Horst, Jeffrey Becker, Emily van Zanten, Dalton Parish, Adam Rabinowitz, Tom Elliott
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Last modified Dec 15, 2017 05:38 PM History
The House of the Masks (also known as the House of the Comedians), built around 150-100 BC, was a luxurious residential complex that may have housed traveling troops of actors performing at the theater in Delos.

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The House of the Masks, sometimes referred to as House of the Comedians, served as a temporary housing complex for traveling theatrical groups performing at Delos. The house consists of several small rooms connected by a large, central courtyard. It is well known for its intricate mosaics, most notably one depicting Dionysus riding a leopard. Others depict theatrical masks. Built sometime between 150-100 BC, the house saw less frequent use after an attack on Delos by the troops of Mithridates VI of Pontus in 88 BC. By the 2nd century AD, the island was mostly abandoned and the House of Masks fell into ruin.


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Michael Horst, Elise Johnson, Michael Horst, Jeffrey Becker, Emily van Zanten, Dalton Parish, Adam Rabinowitz, and Tom Elliott, 'The House of the Masks : a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2017 <https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/576206943> [accessed: 12 December 2018]

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