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Archaeologists explore Emperor Nero’s rediscovered “Sphinx Room”

Rome / A team of archaeologists has discovered a new richly decorated room at a palatial complex in Rome that belonged to Emperor Nero and had been hidden for the past two millennia.

Experts have been able to access the room at the Domus Aurea for the first time, although only the upper section can be seen as the lower part is buried by accumulated sediments, according to the Colosseum Archaeological Park.

Alt= Detalle de la luneta en una sala recién descubierta en la Domus Aurea de Nerón en Roma. EFE

Detalle de la luneta en la sala recién descubierta en la Domus Aurea de Nerón en Roma. EFE/Fficio Stampa Parco Archeologico

The room is vaulted, well preserved and richly decorated, featuring red boxes on white backgrounds that contain mythological figures, including sphinx or centaurs.

One detail shows a warrior armed with a sword, shield and a quiver of arrows, apparently caught in a fight against a panther.

The walls of the newly uncovered room show both real and fantastical aquatic creatures, a landscape with birds, columns, all decorated with plant motifs, garlands and colors including green, yellow and red.

But the most representative painting is the one that gives the room its name, a solitary sphinx that stands on what appears to be a “betilo,” a sacred conical shaped object.

These were the typical figures that the Romans of the time drew on to decorate their rooms and are found in other parts of the complex, ordered to be built by Emperor Nero after the devastating Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD.

The director of the site, Alfonsina Russo, hailed the discovery an “exceptional and thrilling find,” as quoted by Italy’s national news agency ANSA. (May 10, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
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un incendio que hubo en Roma hace miles de años.
B
la vida del emperador Nerón.
C
un descubrimiento arqueológico en Roma.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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los arqueólogos por fin descubren la 'Domus Aurea' de Nerón.
B
se descubrieron salas nuevas de la llamada 'Domus Aurea'.
C
es posible que los arqueólogos descubran nuevas salas de la 'Domus Aurea'.
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Según el texto, esta 'Domus'... (According to the text, this 'Domus'...)
A
no se construyó en Roma.
B
la mandó construir Nerón después de producirse un incendio en Roma.
C
se construyó hace dos siglos en Roma.
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Sobre esas nuevas salas se dice que... (It's said about these new rooms that...)
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no se ha encontrado la representación de ningún ser mitológico.
B
apenas están decoradas.
C
tienen pintadas muchas representaciones de seres mitológicos y otras criaturas.
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En el vídeo se dice que... (It's said in the video that...)
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la 'Domus Aurea' fue un edificio público de la Antigua Roma.
B
se puede recorrer la 'Domus Aurea' con gafas de realidad virtual.
C
por ahora no se puede visitar la 'Domus Aurea'.
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Una sala que está 'ricamente decorada'...  (A room that is 'ricamente decorada'...)    
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no está decorada.
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está muy decorada.
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no es muy lujosa.
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El artículo determinado para 'muerte' es: (The determined article for 'muerte' is:)
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lo
B
la
C
el
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Un objeto 'sacro'... (An object 'sacro'...)
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es pequeño.
B
no es sagrado.
C
es sagrado.
Question 4
Una 'deidad' hace referencia a... (A 'deidad' refers...)
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un héroe.
B
un tipo de animal.
C
un dios de una religión.
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La mitología 'helénica' es... (The mythology 'helénica' is...)
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la mitología romana.
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la mitología griega.
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la mitología celta.
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