Festival of Minerva on a Mural Painting from Fullonica at Pompeii (An Essay of Interpretation)

Lyapustin Boris S.

The author suggests his interpretation of the mural painting in a fullonica in Pompeii (VI. 14. 21–22). He supposes that in addition to the procession in honour of Minerva it depicts the rite of initiation of a fullo (i.e. his entrance into the corporation) and subsequent dramatic events which lead to a court trial.

Keywords: Pompeii, Minerva, fullones, initiation rite, court trial scene