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Under the sea: Exploring the historic secrets of Ancient Rome

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NEW underwater photographs reveal the scale and beauty of Baiae resort near Naples where the elite indulged their passions for opulence and orgies.

In the Bay of Naples lies a lost wonder of the ancient world where mosaic floors shimmer beneath the warm turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Today, the barnacle-encrusted statuary of Baiae – 150 miles south of Rome – is home to shoals of fi sh but in the 1st Century AD this fashionable seaside resort was the playground of the Roman elite and a celebrated retreat from the pressures of city life.

A favourite of emperors and Rome’s super-rich including Julius Caesar, Nero and Hadrian, it was the setting for parties, love affairs and plots against political rivals.

Said to have been named after Baius – the helmsman of Odysseus’s ship in Homer’s Odyssey – Baiae sank beneath the waves 1,700 years ago.

For more information: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/889247/Underwater-photos-Mediterranean-Sea-Baiae-resort-Naples-Antonio-Busiello-Julius-Caesar