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VI.14.43 Pompeii. Casa degli Scienziati.

Excavated 1839 and 1845.

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VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2005. Entrance doorway.

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2005. Entrance doorway.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006. Doorway and wall to right of entrance on Vicolo dei Vettii. By the entrance was a painting of Fortuna with Mercury.  
See Frohlich: Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstadten, F43, page 324.
See BdI, 1841, p.113.
According to Boyce, Mercury and Fortuna were found painted on the pilasters at the entrance.
See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.111, no.13)

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006. Doorway and wall to right of entrance on Vicolo dei Vettii.

By the entrance was a painting of Fortuna with Mercury. 

See Frohlich: Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstadten, F43, page 324.

See BdI, 1841, p.113.

According to Boyce, Mercury and Fortuna were found painted on the pilasters at the entrance.

See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.111, no.13)

 

VI.14.43 Casa degli Scienziati.  Doorway and wall to left of entrance on Vico dei Vettii

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006. Doorway and wall to left of entrance on Vicolo dei Vettii.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006. Remains of wall plaster on inside left hand side of entrance

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006. Remains of wall plaster on inside left hand side of entrance.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006. Remains of wall plaster on inside right hand side of entrance vestibule.

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006.

Remains of wall plaster on inside right hand side of entrance vestibule.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006. Room 1, looking east across atrium and tablinum, pseudoperistyle and mosaic fountain in background.

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2006.

Room 1, looking east across atrium and tablinum, pseudoperistyle and mosaic fountain in background.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. July 2012. Room 1, looking east across impluvium in atrium, towards tablinum, and garden area. Photo courtesy of John Vanko. His father took the identical photo in February 1952, see below.

VI.14.43 Pompeii. July 2012.

Room 1, looking east across impluvium in atrium, towards tablinum, and garden area.

Photo courtesy of John Vanko. His father took the identical photo in February 1952, see below.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. February 1952. Room 1, looking east across impluvium in atrium, towards tablinum, and garden area. Photo courtesy of John Vanko. His father took this photo in 1952, identical to the one above.

VI.14.43 Pompeii. February 1952.

Room 1, looking east across impluvium in atrium, towards tablinum, and garden area.

Photo courtesy of John Vanko. His father took this photo in 1952, identical to the one above.

 

VI.14.43, Pompeii. August 1965. Looking east across atrium towards peristyle. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VI.14.43, Pompeii. August 1965. Looking east across atrium towards peristyle.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007.  Room 1, impluvium in atrium, marble table and marble covered brick base or fountain. According to Jashemski, unique so far at Pompeii, is the tiny mosaic fountain (about 0.50m high) in the atrium. It had been built on the east edge of the impluvium, facing the entrance during the last years of the city. 
According to Sear, the front and bottom of the inside walls were lined with marble.  Above this there was a “line of shells and then a zone of mosaic, in white, yellow, and blue, and above the mosaic another line of shells”.   The head of the niche was covered with pumice and marine deposits. See Jashemski, W. F., 1993. The Gardens of Pompeii, Volume II: Appendices. New York: Caratzas. (p.152)

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007. 

Room 1, impluvium in atrium, marble table and marble covered brick base or fountain.

According to Jashemski, unique so far at Pompeii, is the tiny mosaic fountain (about 0.50m high) in the atrium.

It had been built on the east edge of the impluvium, facing the entrance during the last years of the city.

According to Sear, the front and bottom of the inside walls were lined with marble.

Above this there was a “line of shells and then a zone of mosaic, in white, yellow, and blue, and above the mosaic another line of shells”. 

The head of the niche was covered with pumice and marine deposits.

See Jashemski, W. F., 1993. The Gardens of Pompeii, Volume II: Appendices. New York: Caratzas. (p.152)

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007. Room 1, looking west across atrium, towards front entrance. According to Breton, found on the left of the atrium on a pilaster that separated two cubicula, was CIL IV 1520.  This would be on the right of this photo.

According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), these read –
Candida me docuit nigras 
odisse puellas odero si potero sed non invitus 
amabo 
scipsit(!) Venus fisica Pompeiana      [CIL IV 1520]

According to Cooley, CIL IV 1520 translated as –
Blondie has taught me to hate dark girls.
I shall hate them, if I can, but I wouldn’t mind loving them.
Pompeian Venus Fisica wrote this.       [CIL IV 1520]

According to Varone, this was detached from the wall and sent to Naples Archaeological Museum, it translated as –
“A fair girl taught me to scorn dark ones, I will scorn them if I can: if not…. I will reluctantly love them”   [CIL IV 1520]
This was the same couplet, but with a different division of lines, that was also found under an image of Priapus, on the left of the doorway at I.11.11.
[CIL IV 9847 painted in red]
See Varone, A., 2002. Erotica Pompeiana: Love Inscriptions on the Walls of Pompeii, Rome: L’erma di Bretschneider. (p.56-57)

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007. Room 1, looking west across atrium, towards front entrance.

According to Breton, found on the left of the atrium on a pilaster that separated two cubicula, was CIL IV 1520.

This would be on the right of this photo.

 

According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), this read –

 

Candida me docuit nigras

odisse puellas odero si potero sed non invitus

amabo

scipsit(!) Venus fisica Pompeiana      [CIL IV 1520]

 

According to Cooley, CIL IV 1520 translated as –

Blondie has taught me to hate dark girls.

I shall hate them, if I can, but I wouldn’t mind loving them.

Pompeian Venus Fisica wrote this.       [CIL IV 1520]

See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge.

 

According to Varone, this was detached from the wall and sent to Naples Archaeological Museum, it translated as –

“A fair girl taught me to scorn dark ones, I will scorn them if I can: if not…. I will reluctantly love them”   [CIL IV 1520]

This was the same couplet, but with a different division of lines, that was also found under an image of Priapus, on the left of the doorway at I.11.11.

[CIL IV 9847 painted in red]

See Varone, A., 2002. Erotica Pompeiana: Love Inscriptions on the Walls of Pompeii, Rome: L’erma di Bretschneider. (p.56-57)

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007. Room 1, four-legged marble table or cartibulum, near the impluvium in atrium.

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007.

Room 1, four-legged pink marble table or cartibulum, near the impluvium in atrium.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007. Room 1, four-legged marble table or cartibulum, near the impluvium in atrium.

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007.

Room 1, four-legged pink marble table or cartibulum, near the impluvium in atrium.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii.  December 2007.  Room 1, remains of lead pipe and valve behind impluvium in atrium.

VI.14.43 Pompeii.  December 2007. 

Room 1, remains of lead pipe and valve behind impluvium in atrium.

 

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007. Room 1, looking north towards table next to impluvium in atrium.

VI.14.43 Pompeii. December 2007.

Room 1, looking north towards table next to impluvium in atrium.         

 

 

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