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Boscoreale(bôs'kōrā-ä`lā), town (1991 pop. 27,310), in Campania, S Italy, at the foot of Vesuvius. Roman villas have been excavated in the town. Also, a celebrated collection of gold coins, jewelry, and silverwork (consisting mostly of plates and cups with relief ornamentation) dating from the 1st and 2d cent. A.D. was unearthed there in the late 1800s.
a city in Italy, 1.5 km north of Pompeii. The remains of a Roman villa destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 are nearby. The villa is a most important source for the study of the Roman slave-holding economy and culture during the first century A.D. The estate’s main industry was viticulture and wine-making; oil production, field farming, and cattle breeding had an auxiliary importance. Excavations carried out in the 1890’s revealed residential buildings (with murals) and service buildings. A multitude of precious artifacts of the end of the first century B.C. and the first century A.D. were found (silver dishes with relief decorations, gold coins, and so on).
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