Cover: The “Bikini Girls” mosaic, thought to represent an athletic competition, dates to the 4th century AD. Two of the ten athletes are portrayed here: a young woman with hand weights and another woman about to throw a discus. The complete mosaic from Piazza Armerina is on page 34.
Excavating the Roman Peasant
By Kim Bowes, Mariaelena Ghisleni, Cam Grey, and Emanuele Vaccaro
Wine, Slaves, and the Emperor at Villa Magna
By Elizabeth Fentress, Caroline Goodson, and Marco Maiuro
Rediscovering the Heel: Archaeology and History in Northern Apulia
By Giuliano Volpe
The Villa del Casale of Piazza Armerina
By Patrizio Pensabene and Enrico Gallocchio
From the Director—Penn Museum and Italy
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