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1 Domestic Buildings The Romans Chapter 7 Case Study " Ricostruzione del giardino della casa dei vetii di pompei (mostra al giardino di boboli, 2007) 04" by sailko - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons JPG#mediaviewer/File:Ricostruz

2 Plan of a ‘typical’ Roman house Source:

3 Pompeii: Gradual and regulated growth Oscan/Etruscan 7 th -6 th C. BC Greek City 6 th/5th C. BC Samnite City 4 th C. BC Sullan Colony c. 80 BC Post Sullan City 79 BC-AD 79 Forum House of the Vettii Theatre Source: Labels added by A.Graham.http://10asgkunst.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/antiikaja-kunst.html

4 With this ring: naming the House of the Vettii This bronze signet ring carries he name A(ulus) Vetti(us) Rest(it)tut(us) The bottom of the ring (above) has an engraving of an amphora, possibly, like the nautical theme of the bedroom, a reference to the Family’s trade/source of wealth Source: https://sites.google.com/site/ad79eruption/pompeii/regio-vi/reg-vi-ins-15/house-of-the-vettii

5 Triclinia Servants’ quarters Entrance Cubicula Strongbox where rings were found Source: Labels added by A. Graham.http://www.indiana.edu/~leach/c409/vplan.html House the Vettii plan

6 House of the Vettii: Entrance Source:

7 House of the Vettii The Vestibule: Priapus Source: https://sites.google.com/site/ad79eruption/pompeii/regio-vi/reg-vi-ins-15/house-of-the-vettii What better way to be welcomed into a household than an entranceway with Priapus, god of virility, balancing the weight of his manhood against a large sack of grain? Or gold? Or saffron? Clearly this is a home with an abundance of many things.

8 Atrium: Access granted to all See how the water in the impluvium reflects the light from above, and how the light of the peristyle is a backdrop for the room. The water in the pool was not just decorative; it regulated the temperature of the room and water was often stored in a cistern below. Source:

9 Nautical theme bedroom off the atrium In the theme of nautical myths, Ariadne is watched over by Cupid

10 The peristyle: for special guests

11 The triclinium: come dine with me… cenabis bene Three couches (tri- clinia) would be placed against the walls beneath paintings of mythical scenes Source for all photos of this room:

12 Euripidean tragedy: Pentheus about to be slain by his mother Agave Forebodings of a bad hangover? Mythological scenes from the triclinium

13 The punishment of Dirce: strapped to a wild bull by her sons

14 Servants’ bedroom or private brothel? Why were erotic scenes and a statue of Priapus placed in a small servant’s bedroom off the kitchen? Source:

15 Map of Ostia: Apartments of Diana Source : Labels added by A. Graham.http://www.utexas.edu/courses/romanciv/Romancivimages20/day20captions.htm

16 Reconstruction of Apartments of Diana Drawn by I. Gismondi Source:

17 Apartments of Diana: entrance F or a detailed study, see: antica.org/regio1/3/3-3.htm ‘OstianInsula’ by Nashvilleneighbor. Licensed under public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

18 Plan of Apartments of Diana Source:http://www.ostia-antica.org/regio1/3/3-3.htm Downstairs Upstairs

19 Amenities: fountain in the courtyard Source: Photo by Eric Talyor: From c. 150 AD Note the marble paving around the fountain

20 Downstairs bedrooms and corridors Ornate polychrome opus sectile floor: Room 25 Source: Photos by Marinucc;Falzone (left) and Eric Talor (right): Mosaic floor in Corridor 22


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