Roman Seville had two main settlements, one dating back to the first century BC, around the year 69, when Caesar is thought first to have come to the city. This is the hypothesis of the Republican city. But it must be recalled that the first reference to Rome is in the year 206 BC, when the Battle of llipa was fought and Italica was founded.
Mosaic of Neptune
Extraordinary mosaic of vitreous and stone tesserae
This mosaic represents the god Neptune and his court of marine creatures, all in black and white, except the polychrome figure of the god. Neptune is represented with a trident, driving a biga, a two-horse carriage, drawn by hippocamps, a horse with fish-like hindquarters, and, around them, centaurs, a ram, a bull and other land animals.
Casa de Pilatos
A sublime collection
An old legend, originating from the time spent by Fadrique Enríquez de Ribera, the first Marquis of Tarifa, in the Holy Land, claims that this Palace is a copy of Pontius Pilate’s praetorium in Jerusalem. In the main patio there is a large statue of Pallas Athena, an original work by Phidias which the Romans took from Athens as spoils of war and was later given by Pope Pius V to Don Pedro de Ribera.