Ancient Shops and Products, Pompeii
From Herculaneum Gate, also known as the Saliniensis or the “Salt Gate”, the Street of Tombs begins. This was discovered during the first excavations in the city (1763-1838) and constitutes a complete example of a suburban street lined with villas, shops and sepulchres or tombs.
Close to the Casa di Trebio Valente, in Via dell'Abbondanza, there is the Schola Armaturarum built in the last years of the town as headquarter of a military association and deposit of armors. On the walls there are paintings showing trophies of weapons.
Unless you wander to the northern and eastern extents of the excavated city you probably won't realise that about a third of it still lies hidden. Up by the Castellum Aquae you can clearly see the depth of ash and pumice which still lies on top of what remains unexcavated, around the Porta di Sarno there are grassy mounds with just a little stonework hinting at what might be uncovered at some future point.
I found it helped me to internalise the extent of the devastation to see the great depth of the overlying layers: without seeing this, one could almost imagine the city had simply been deserted as is the case with so many other ancient sites. It was an odd sensation to see farm buildings, cultivated fields and vineyards overlying what what one knows to be a mass of standing buildings, artefacts and human remains.
Walk up to either Porta mentioned above to see how Pompeii was for many centuries, before excavations started.
I suspect many people do not visit the Castellum Aquae, at the northern extent of the excavations near the Porta del Vesuvio.
This is where the water carried by the Serinus aqueduct ended up, its own pressure sending it down through the three channels inside thedome-shaped interior. Sluice-gates distributed the water throughout the city as it was needed (there were about 40 public fountains).
Worth having a look at, if only to be impressed by Roman engineering ability and civic organisation.
Take a minute to notice these, and think about their import. The stone used to pave the roads is not soft. So how many thousands of carts must have passed along them to create the ruts which are visible in so many places?
And how many feet must have passed up and down in order to wear away those steps?
Both things bring to life the reality of Pompeii as a vibrant, busy city in a way no modern television reconstruction could possibly do, in my opinion. Look out for them, and ponder their significance..
Do notice these as you wander.
Cisterns are placed at crossroads, originally with a permanent flow of fresh water from the superbly engineered Roman water supply system. Most of the cisterns I saw (and this was the same at Herculaneum) had a carving from which the water flowed. I wondered if this was to provide a place-marker for those who could not read, or a way of identifying problems in the system if and when they arose.
Or maybe they were purely decorative.
Whatever, they are good to notice and tell you a little about the mind-set of the ordinary Pompeiian: even everyday things were worth making aethestically pleasing.
There are dead body shown at this city. Two of this dead body shown in the house, located at centre of Pompeii but near with city centre (just enter the Pompeii) tehre are one big cage, containing most of artifact they found form Pompeii. These include vase, plates and dead body. I va some picstures of them. I meet few travellers in Naples, they didnt found this cage. Its very easy to find it, but people still miss it. If you look the pics, you can see Mt. Vesuvious at centre. Teh cage that I mentioned located at the left side (with a roof).
In the back of the grounds there are a few areas that have been fenced off and hold some of the things that have been found under all of the ash. The stuff here gets sent out to other places and is also placed around the site for the tourist.
It is neat to see some of the stuff that has just been discovered.
Along via Consolare, close to the Casa del Chirurgo you can see the ruin of this shop. It was the the home of the corporation of the workers assigned to the salt plan.
Close to the Ampitheatre and Vineyards is the Palaestra, used by the people of Pompei as an exercise area. Either this was not open to the public or we could not find the entrance!
Ok this was taken for some VT friends who have a thing about toilets ;-)
The public ones near the forum are too damaged to see but I did spot this one in the brothel!
The Museum also houses items from Pompei such as this beautifully decorated Blue glass vase with intricate raised decorative designs.