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    The Samnite House Is A Fine Patrician Home

    by hquittner Updated Apr 12, 2014
    The Impluvium In the Atrum
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    The Samnite House has a fine outside portal with carved capitals at its upper lateral edges. It is followed by a vestibule whose walls are done in the first style and with a floor done in fine tiling. Inside of the atrium is a central impluvium. The upper floor has Ionic columns and a gallery.There is a compluvium above the Atrium decorated with dog's heads.

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    Visit the House of the Wooden Partition

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    The moderately rich citizens had rather fine home. One of these was the House of the Wooden Partition which had a nice atrium and central pool. It received its name because there was a fi set of s;ding doors still in place that could combine two rooms to expand space for special situations. Amazingly the upper face of the outside entry door is in place ssare the interior rough walla to the second floor and the stair steps, In the entry hall is a coil of rope turned to stone.

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    The Bakery Is An Important Gathering Place

    by hquittner Written Apr 4, 2014
    Where the Grsin Is Made Into Flour
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    As we have seen in our travels, even in the 21C, the people in at least the south of Italy still use the local bakery as a place to bring their unbaked loaves. In Ancient Herculaneum the fining of the grain was also done. The oven was un the next room.Where the Grain Is Made Into Dough

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    The Women's Section of the Baths Was Smaller

    by hquittner Updated Apr 1, 2014
    Mosaic On Floor
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    The womens' section of the baths was smaller and in the disrobing room there was a mosaic in the floor showing a triton and various marine creatures. Note the undulating nature of the floor caused by the eruption. Various details still reman down to moldings on the round pooi and fragments of the painted ceiling of the pool.

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    The Forum Baths Had Male and Female Sections

    by hquittner Written Mar 31, 2014
    Long View of Resting Room
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    Even the vestibules were separate. Each had prominent disrobing rooms with sets of cubicles for storing their clothes. The floor of the male room was done in small tiles with no decoration. There were vents in a rounded ceiling that peaked near the center with straight walls at the lower level about three feet above the ground.

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    The Atrium of the House of the Relief of Telephus

    by hquittner Updated Mar 29, 2014
    Atrium Near Telephus
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    Th[s Atrium is a quite fine looking. There are fine sets of pillars and a central pool. On one wall is a bas relief of the story of Telephus being helped by Achilles, who had wounded him.There are columns on three sides of the atrium. Between some of the columns oscillas have been replaced which are satyrs (nymphs).

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    A Visit To the House of the Deer (or Stags}

    by hquittner Updated Mar 28, 2014
    View from Portico-Atrium Out To the Sea
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    The Mansion is one of the finest and largest in the town.From the first picture we are looking out at an embankment toward the sea. We are in the shade of an atrium and there is a garden at the right. Ahead is the enclosed dining room.

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    The Hall of the Shrine of the Augustales

    by hquittner Written Mar 22, 2014
    Hercules, Juno and  Minerva
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    This large room is over 40 by 50 feet in size. On one wall is a painting of a bronzed Hercules sitting with Jupiter's wife Juno standing behind him and Minerva in a helmet nearby. The room has four large pillars in the middle of the room and there are many simpler pictures on the walls and the back wall is plainly finished

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    The House of the Mosaic Atrium Is a Large Home

    by hquittner Updated Feb 27, 2014
    Painted Wall in House of Mosaic Atrium
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    The entrance to the house leads into an atrium with painted walls. There are many intact walls with open window areas and doorways. Some of the rooms have mosaic floors and others have floor decoration. In area the floors are disrupted from the eruption.

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    The proconsul

    by iandsmith Written Apr 6, 2012

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    Statue of Marcus Nonius Balbus
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    The statue of Proconsul Marcus Nonius Balbus, standing in the square near the suburban baths in Herculeneum.
    The big rectangular enclosure preceding the entrance of the suburban Thermae is occupied, in the middle, by Marco Nonio Balbo's altar-cenotaph, erected in the early Augustan age in the place where his body had been cremated and his ashes collected. The loricate statue of M. Nonio Balbo, set up by his freedman Nonius Volusianus. stood on the marble base behind the altar.
    Marco Nonio Balbo was an eminent character of the Augustan age.
    A native of Nuceria, but resident at Herculaneum, he was praetor and proconsul of the province of Crete and Cyrene, tribune of the people in 32 b.C. and partisan of Octavian. Due to his munificence towards the town of Herculaneum (his epigraphs on walls, on the doors of the town as well as inside the basilica are well-known), he was appointed patron and when he died he was given extraordinary honours, summarized in the long inscription on the gravestone situated in the middle of the terrace adjoining the Suburban Thermae.
    The city was literally invaded by his statues, erected in the most representative places. There are in fact at least ten inscriptions referred to the statues set up in his honour.
    On the contrary, the statues which have effectively made it to the present are fewer. They are preserved at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, since they had been found in the period of the Bourbon excavations.
    The loricate statue is the only one preserved at Herculaneum.

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    Neptune and Amphitrite

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 6, 2012

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    The striking frescoe
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    This is another richly decorated house, and the well preserved wall mosaics are striking for their rich colours.
    Its name derives from the glass paste wall mosaic depicting Neptune and Amphitrite, which adorns the east wall of the room.
    On the north side is a nymphaeum, with niches for statues surrounded by art, also covered with a glass paste mosaic. Here you can see dogs chasing deer that is topped with a frieze of marble theatrical masks. Above this niche area is the tank that fed the fountain.
    The house has the standard layout of fauces, atrium, tablinum and garden. The fauces opens off the east side of Cardo IV. On its north side is a small service room.
    The fauces leads directly to a large atrium, which has a marble lined impluvium at its centre. The atrium, which has rooms off all but its northern side, has lost most of its fourth style decoration, with only a few plaster remnants to hint at what must have been.
    At the rear of the atrium is a relatively small tablinum. Some of the fourth style decoration still survives consisting of red and yellow panels above a lower red frieze. The room has a fine white mosaic floor bordered with a simple black band. The tablinum overlooks a beautifully decorated court to the rear with a nymphaeum and mosaic decoration on the walls.
    In the north west corner of the atrium is what's left of the household lararium. In it were found two marble slabs painted with red lines, one of which bore the artist's signature: Alexander of Athens painted this.

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    Inside another

    by iandsmith Written Apr 6, 2012

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    Storage jars of the shop

    The house, also known as the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, lies to the north of the House of the Carbonised Furniture on Cardo IV.
    The owner of the house must also have owned the connecting wine shop at No.6, which opens directly onto the street and has the original storage jars. The shop has survived almost intact and is the best preserved example of a shop in the region.
    The carbonised wooden fittings are still in place. There are shelves for amphorae, the balustrade of the balcony and, behind the counter, a partition with two grills.

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    House of the Deer

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 6, 2012

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    The famous sculpture from the House of the Deer
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    This place gets its name from a rather graphic sculpture that depicts a deer being savaged by dogs.
    However, there are more sculptures in the house as well as some frescoes though the sculptures are all copies, the originals being located in a more secure museum environment, the same as some of the best mosaics.
    The House of the Deer opens off the west side of Cardo V. The house is one of the most luxurious waterfront dwellings so far discovered in Herculaneum and is believed to have belonged to Q. Granius Verus by virtue of the find of a loaf of bread bearing his stamp.
    Built around the time of Claudius, it can be divided into two sections: the entrance, with its testudinate atrium and associated suite of rooms, and the panoramic terrace, joined by a garden surrounded by a windowed cryptoporticus.

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    House of the Deer inside

    by iandsmith Written Apr 6, 2012

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    In the dining room
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    This is the dining room which opens up onto the garden rectangle. It is decorated with red bands on a black background. Beyond this room is a long hallway that leads to the kitchen and latrine. Having a kitchen is a sign that this home was owned by the wealthy.

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    The words of Pliny translated

    by iandsmith Written Apr 6, 2012

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    Learning the story

    In his letter to Tacitus the emotion of the event becomes clear as Pliny describes it happening;
    "A black and terrible cloud, rent by snaking bursts of fire, gaped open in huge flashes of flames; it was like lightning, but far more extensive,
    Soon afterwards, the cloud lowered towards the earth and covered the sea, then my mother began to beg me to try to escape as best I could. Ashes were already falling, but not yet thickly.
    When night fell, not one such as when there is no moon or the sky is cloudy, but a night like being in a closed place with the lights out. One could hear the wailing of women, the crying of children, the shouting of men; they called each other, some their parents, others their children, still others their mates, trying to recognize each other by their voices. Some lamented their own fate, others the fate of their loved ones. There were even those who out of their fear of death prayed for death. It lightened a little; it seemed to us not daylight but a sign of approaching fire. But the fire stopped some distance away; darkness came on again, again ashes, thick and heavy. We got up repeatedly to shake these off; otherwise we would have been buried and crushed by the weight.
    At last that fog thinned and dissipated in a kind of smoke or mist; soon there was real daylight; the sun even shone, though wanly, as when there is an eclipse. Our still trembling eyes found everything changed, buried by a deep blanket of ashes as if it had snowed.
    Fear prevailed, since the earthquake tremors went on, and many, out of their senses, were mocking their own woes and others' by awful predictions. But we, even though we had escaped some perils and expected others, we did not think even of going away until we should have news of my uncle."
    Sadly, his uncle, Pliny the Elder, perished in the holocaust.

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