Casa del Fauno, Pompeii

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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.

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    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 the faun - garden

    by dvideira Updated May 5, 2004

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    Between the two porticoed gardens is the exedra.

    Set into the floor of the exedra, framed by two columns and linking the two peristyles there was a a splendid mosaic (now at the Naples Museum) depicting the Battle of Issus fought between Alexander the Great and the Persian emperor Darius III in 330 BC.

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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 Faun Garden

    by sandysmith Written Jul 7, 2003

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    A house as large as the House of the faun deserves another look. It has more than one peristyle, as befitting its status, and bow lovely gardens can be seen here with the trees and bushes adding some colour.

    If its clear there is a good view of Vesuvius from here too.

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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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    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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    The House of the Faun

    by paulapes Written Feb 8, 2003

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    The Faun

    Further along the Via del Foro, you will see the House of the Faun. The name comes from this statue, which is in the middle of what was a pond (or impluvian), in one of the atria. This is a copy, the original has been moved to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. This house is one of the largest houses in Pompeii.

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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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    house of the faun - details

    by dvideira Updated May 5, 2004

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    Whoever owned this house, must have been someone friendly and that enjoyed having people around the house....

    At the entrance of the house, there is a mosaic whith the word HAVE ( a greeting, in Latin )

    On the other hand, there were others.......

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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.

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    House of the Faun

    by dvideira Updated May 5, 2004

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    casa del fauno - house's plan

    The House of the Faun covers 3,000 square meters, an entire city block... Its size and impressive architecture, featuring two atria and two sizeable gardens each with a peristyle, make this the largest residence in Pompeii

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    House of the Faun - floor - detail

    by dvideira Updated May 10, 2004

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    Althoug numerous mosaics that adorned the rooms were removed to the Naples Museum - particularly, the most famous ones depicting battle scenes and sea creatures - there are some beautiful mosaic works still left for us to see.

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    House of the Faun: interior garden

    by yooperprof Written Apr 23, 2005

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    in summertime, the living was easy

    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.

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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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