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VII.6.34 Pompeii. Shop or Lupanare? Excavated 1822? 1910.

 

According to Garcia y Garcia Region VII, Insula VI was one of the insulae most devastated over the years since its excavation.

He calls it the “Cinderella” of Pompeii. Between the years 1759 and 1762 it was vandalised and stripped by the Bourbons, then re-interred.

Then came the slow and non-systematic uncovering again before the final destruction in September 1943.

The area was ignored and abandoned during the years following the war, which reduced the insula to a heap of bricks and masonry.

See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.102).

 

According to Fiorelli,

34.35. These were two shops, which perhaps belonged to the same patron, that mark the southern limit of the insula, ending in the west with a Vico not yet excavated. (Now Vico del Farmacista). Decorated on the exterior by white plaster, on the extreme pillars they showed the figures of Bacchus standing between two vines, resting on the thyrsus and with the cantharus in his hand, from which he poured the liquid to the tiger; and Mercury on the right with the caduceus and purse. Below these figures were numerous graffiti inscriptions, two of which of greater importance were under the painted figure of Mercury:

SI . QVIS FORTE . MEAM . CVPIET . VIOlare

PVELAM . ILLUM . IN . DESERTIS 

MONTIBVS . VRAT AMOR                               [CIL IV 1645]

 

ALLIGET . HIC . AVRAS . SI . QVIS

OBIVRGAT . AMANTES . ET . VETET

ASSIDVAS CVRRERE . FONTIS

                 AQVAS                                        [CIL IV 1649]

 

On the intermediate pillar, was painted a standing Victory, in the act of crowning the Ithyphallic Donkey who pierces the lion, satirical allusion to the defeat of M. Anthony in the Battle of Actium.

Of the two shops, the first had a stair/ladder to the mezzanine level, the second also had a similar staircase and a doorway exiting onto the Vico, also an aedicula lararium leaning against the wall, with a single painted serpent and the altar in stucco relief, near to which was the graffito MARS.   [CIL IV 1644].

(34.35. Due botteghe, che forse appartennero allo stesso padrone, segnano il limite meridionale dell’isola, terminando ad occidente con un vico non ancora scavato. Decorate nello esterno da bianco intonaco, esse tengono su i pilastri estremi le figure di Bacco in piedi fra due viti, poggiato al tirso e col cantaro in mano, da cui versa il liquore alla tigre; e Mercurio gradiente a destra col caduceo e la borsa. Al di sotto di queste figure sonovi numerose iscrizioni graffite, due delle quali di maggiore importanza sottostanno alla figura di Mercurio:

SI . QVIS FORTE . MEAM . CVPIET . VIOlare

PVELAM . ILLUM . IN . DESERTIS 

MONTIBVS . VRAT AMOR                               [CIL IV 1645]

 

ALLIGET . HIC . AVRAS . SI . QVIS

OBIVRGAT . AMANTES . ET . VETET

ASSIDVAS CVRRERE . FONTIS

                 AQVAS                                        [CIL IV 1649]

Sul pilastro intermedio eravi dipinta la Vittoria in piedi, in atto di coronare l’asino itifallico che infora il leone, satirica allusione alla disfatta di M. Antonio nella battaglia di Azio.

Delle due botteghe, la prima ha la scaletta dell’ammezzato, la seconda oltre una simile gradinata ed una porta uscente nel vico, tiene il larario a guisa di edicola addossato alla parete, con un solo serpente e l’ara in rilievo di stucco, presso cui e graffito MARS [CIL IV 1644].)

See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.160).

 

VII.6.34 Pompeii, on right. June 2012. Looking north towards entrances of VII.6.35 and VII.6.34.

VII.6.34 Pompeii, on right. June 2012. Looking north towards entrances of VII.6.35 and VII.6.34.

 

VII.6.34 Pompeii. September 2005. Looking north towards entrance.
On the pilaster between VII.6.35 and 34 (on the left) would have been a painting of Victory, a donkey and a lion, now in Naples Archaeological Museum. (see VII.6.35) According to Garcia y Garcia, on the pilaster between VII.6.34 and 33 (on the right) would have been a painting of Bacchus, now destroyed. See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.109) 
According to Della Corte, on the pilaster between VII.6.34 and 33 (on the right) there was a painting of Mercury, now destroyed. Many graffiti were found written under these paintings, including amongst others, the names of boys and girls who possibly worked here [CIL IV 1627-1649].
See Della Corte, M., 1965.  Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.169-171)
According to Frohlich, on the right pilaster, would have been Bacchus.
He agreed that the Victory, donkey and lion, were shown on the middle pilaster. See Fröhlich, T., 1991. Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstädten. Mainz: von Zabern. (p.327, F51)
According to Fiorelli, on the extreme pilaster, was the figure of Bacchus, with Mercury on the other. See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.160)
According to Boyce, on the two outer pilasters bordering the entrances of these two shops, the figures of Mercury and Bacchus. See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.111, no.17)

VII.6.34 Pompeii. September 2005. Looking north towards entrance.

 

On the pilaster between VII.6.35 and 34 (on the left) would have been a painting of Victory, a donkey and a lion, now in Naples Archaeological Museum. (see VII.6.35)

According to Garcia y Garcia, on the pilaster between VII.6.34 and 33 (on the right) would have been a painting of Bacchus, now destroyed.

See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.109)

 

According to Della Corte, on the pilaster between VII.6.34 and 33 (on the right) there was a painting of Mercury, now destroyed.

Many graffiti were found written under these paintings, including amongst others, the names of boys and girls who possibly worked here [CIL IV 1627-1649].

See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.169-171).

 

According to Frohlich, on the right pilaster, would have been Bacchus.

He agreed that the Victory, donkey and lion, were shown on the middle pilaster.

See Fröhlich, T., 1991. Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstädten. Mainz: von Zabern. (p.327, F51)

 

According to Fiorelli, on the extreme pilaster, was the figure of Bacchus, with Mercury on the other.

He agreed that the Victory, donkey and lion, were shown on the middle pilaster

See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.160)

 

According to Boyce, on the two outer pilasters bordering the entrances of these two shops, the figures of Mercury and Bacchus.

See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.111, no.17)

 

 

 

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