Casa del Fauno, Pompeii

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    House Of The Faun

    by shavy Updated Jan 14, 2014

    The largest house in Pompeii in the history, and derives its name from the statue of a Faun, the watershed provides Tuscan atrium

    The House of the Faun covers an area of 3,000 square meters, and is located in the area of Pompeii, where you will find the peristyle atrium, largest number of homes
    Was built in the second century C. demolition of an existing building and the owner should definitely be a very rich and famous character in Pompeii, as evidenced by the large number of gold and silver objects unearthed during the excavation

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    The Mythological Faun*

    by FruitLover Written May 28, 2011

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    This residence is from the Sannitic age, dating to the 2nd century BC.
    The original of the bronze depicting a FAUN gave the house its name.

    A mosaic depicting the battle between Alexander and Darius (one of the most important of antiquity) was moved to the National Archaeological Museum in Napoli.

    *The faun (also phaunos or faunus) is a rustic forest god or place-spirit (genii) of Roman mythology often associated with Greek satyrs and the Greek god Pan.

    House of the Faun Mosaic
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    Casa del Fauno - The House of the Faun

    by eksvist Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was built during the second century BC, was one of the largest, most impressive private residences in Pompeii, and housed many great pieces of art. It is one of the most luxurious aristocratic houses from the Roman republic, and reflects this period better than most archaeological evidence found even in Rome itself.

    The House of the Faun was named for the bronze statue of the dancing faun located in the impluvium, a basin for catching rainwater. Fauns are spirits of untamed woodland, which Romans often connected to Pan and Greek satyrs, or wild followers of the Greek god of wine and agriculture, Dionysus.

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    by Jetgirly Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the largest house in Pompeii, spanning nearly 3,000 meters squared. At the door is the Latin message HAVE, which can be losely translated to "to wish" or "to desire". When you enter you will see a statue of The Faun, this is located in the impluvium (a low basin designed to catch rainwater from the roof). Today's statue is a duplicate, the original is the museum in Naples.

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    Wealthy Diggings

    by painterdave Updated Jan 11, 2011

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    I am putting these photos up of Pompeii in order to give you an idea of what you will see. I hope you will decide to go there because it is a fantastic treasure.
    Here are some villa shots of paintings and scultures of the rich and famous of Pompeii.

    This villa had several terrific murals like this This statue stands in a small pool to greet Down for the count! Seen from the lower area
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    The House of the Faun

    by Evenith666 Written Jan 31, 2010

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    The House of the Faun is one of the most extravagant in Pompeii, and I must say, it is my favourite. It gets its name from the small statue of a Faun in the centre of the Impluvium. However, perhaps the most inpresive feature of the house is the huge mosaic, consisting of about 1 million tiles, depicting Alexander the Great and Darius, king of the Persians, at the Battle of Issus.
    Replicas of the statue and mosaic are seen at Pompeii, however the originaly (along with a full reconstruction of the mosaic) can be seen in the Archeological museum in Naples.

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    House of the Faun

    by roamer61 Updated May 5, 2009

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    of the many houses and villas in Pompeii, this is perhaps the largest and certainly one of the most famous. Its name derives from the fine statue of a faun inside. There were fine mosaics (on display in the National Museum in Naples) and some intact wall paintings. The fine architecture indicates of the prestige of the family that once lived here. Most famously is a large hall feauring a pavement depicting a battle of Alexander. I managed to shoot a picture showing the Persian King Darius.

    If the picture looks upside down, it is because I shot it from the opposite side and had to rotate it.

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    Casa del Fauno: Alexander Mosaic

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Nov 23, 2008

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    Behind the the atrium there is the first peristyle with 28 ionic columns with a basin in the middle. On the floor of the exedra you can see the most important mosaic discovered in the town: the Alexander Mosaic. It shows the Battle of Issus in 333 BC between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia. The one you can see nowadays is a copy of the 20th century; the original one is in the National Museum of Naples. Behind the exedra you can see the second peristyle with Doric columns.

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    Casa del Fauno

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Nov 23, 2008

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    The Casa del Fauno (in English, House of the Faun) is one of the biggest residences of the town of Pompeii and it is one of the most luxurious aristocratic houses from the Roman republic in Italy. It was built in the second century BC, during the Samnite period (200 - 80 BC). It covers nearly 3,000 square meters, and occupies an entire city block, or insula (80*35 meters).
    The House of the Faun was named for the bronze statue of the dancing faun located, originally, on the lip of the impluvium. The one you can see nowadays is a copy of the original located in the National Museum of Naples.
    At the entrance of the house you can see a mosaic with the Latin regard HAVE (in English, Hello); in the vestibule you can see on the walls frescos imitating the marmoreal covering, while above you can see two small temples. The tuscan atrium was covered by wonderful frescos, nowadays in the National Museum of Naples.

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    The House of Faun

    by wilocrek Updated Jan 10, 2008

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    One of the most visited homes in Pompeii is the House of Faun. Clearly this Faun fellow had a good thing going because even without a roof and furniture the place is better than anywhere I have ever lived. There are still some frescoes on the walls and the gardens are impressive as well. Plus there is a replica of the statue of "the little man" in the house as well.

    At least this guy knew it was coming!

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    The House Of The Faun

    by Balam Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    Built in the 2ndc BC the house of the Faun covers nearly 3,000 square meters, and occupies an entire city block, or insula. The house can be divided into five major parts: the tuscan atrium, tetrastyle atrium, service rooms and corridors, first, or Ionic, peristyle, and second, or Doric, peristyle, and their corresponding dependent rooms.Like many houses in Pompeii it had tabernae, or storefront shops, and a highly-sophisticated building plan, which details the many rooms.
    Called the house of the Faun because of the bronze statue found during the excavation it also containd the fantastic Alexander Mosaic depicting the battle between Alexander and Darius.

    Although most of the original artworks have been relocated to the National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale) in Naples, the most famous pieces, like the Dancing Faun and the Alexander Mosaic, have been recreated to give tourists a clearer picture of what the house was originally like.

    The in situ Copy of The Dancing Faun Opus Sectile in vestibulum Part of The In Situ Copy of the Alexandra Mosaic
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    the house of faun

    by doug48 Written Aug 1, 2006

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    the house of faun is one of a number of luxurious villas located just north of the forum. the house of faun is considered one of the most illustrious dwellings in the ancient world. it was built for publius sulla, the nephew of the conqueror of the samnites. some other must see villas in the area are, villa of diomedes, villa of the mysteries, house of the anchor, the house of the labyrinth, and the house of the vetti.

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    House of Faun

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 3, 2005

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    This famous house is the largest in Pompeii measuring 3000 square metres and was built over a previous dwelling at the beginning of the 2nd century BC. The house takes it's name from the bronze statue of "faun" found in the atrium. This statue is a copy with the original being displayed in the Museo Archeological Nazionale in Naples.

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    House of the Faun

    by sswagner Written Jul 29, 2005

    Many of the homes in Pompei have been heavily researched, especially those which belonged to the wealthier citizens. The House of the Faun is one of the more interesting ones due to its many chambers and scenic gardens. The house receives its name from a small statue found near the entrance. The ancient house was quite elegant with its marbled interior, paintings, and adequate space.

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    House of the Faun: interior garden

    by yooperprof Written Apr 23, 2005

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    The House of the Faun was one of the largest villas at Pompei, and certainly was decorated with incomparable finesse. Many of the artworks which were found here have long since been removed to the remarkable Archeological Museum in Naples. (Among them is the remarkable mosaic depicting Alexander the Great and the Battle of Issus.) Even with the most precious mosaics and frescos gone, the House of the Faun still conveys an unmistakeable atmosphere of comfort and grace, especially in its spacious interior gardens.

    in summertime, the living was easy
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