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VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Tempio d’Iside or Temple of Isis.

Excavated 1764, 1766 and from 1781. (Strada del Tempio d’Iside 2)

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VIII.7.28 Plan (Opens in a separate window)

Entrance

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. September 2015. Looking towards entrance doorway on Via del Tempio d’Iside.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. September 2015. Looking towards entrance doorway on Via del Tempio d’Iside.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2010. Entrance. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2010. Entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii.  May 2006. Entrance.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2006. Entrance doorway.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1804. Drawing of view into entrance. 
See Piranesi, F, 1804. Antiquités de la Grande Grèce: Tome II. Paris: Piranesi and Le Blanc. (plate 61).

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1804. Drawing of view into entrance.

See Piranesi, F, 1804. Antiquités de la Grande Grèce: Tome II. Paris: Piranesi and Le Blanc. (plate 61).

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2006  Inscription to N Popidius N F Celsinus.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2006. Inscription to N Popidius N F Celsinus.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Inscription in honour of Numerius Popidius Celsinus: 
N(VMERIVS) POPIDIVS N(VMERII) F(ILIVS) CELSINVS
AEDEM ISIDIS TERRAE MOTV CONLAPSAM
A FVNDAMENTO P(ECVNIA) S(VA) RESTITVIT. HVNC DECVRIONES OB LIBERALITATEM
CVM ESSET ANNORVM SEXS ORDINI SVO GRATIS ADLEGERVNT.       [CIL X 846]
Numerius Popidius Celsinus, son of Numerius, at his own expense restored from its foundations the Temple of Isis, which had collapsed in the earthquake. 
Because of his generosity, although he was six years old, the councillors enrolled him into their number without fee. 
Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 3765.
See Cooley, A.E. and M.G.L., 2004, Pompeii, A Sourcebook, London and New York, Routledge, p. 31, no. C5.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Inscription in honour of Numerius Popidius Celsinus:

N(VMERIVS) POPIDIVS N(VMERII) F(ILIVS) CELSINVS

AEDEM ISIDIS TERRAE MOTV CONLAPSAM

A FVNDAMENTO P(ECVNIA) S(VA) RESTITVIT. HVNC DECVRIONES OB LIBERALITATEM

CVM ESSET ANNORVM SEXS ORDINI SVO GRATIS ADLEGERVNT.       [CIL X 846]

Numerius Popidius Celsinus, son of Numerius, at his own expense restored from its foundations the Temple of Isis, which had collapsed in the earthquake.

Because of his generosity, although he was six years old, the councillors enrolled him into their number without fee.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 3765.

See Cooley, A.E. and M.G.L., 2004, Pompeii, A Sourcebook, London and New York, Routledge, p. 31, no. C5.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii.  Limestone stele with twenty lines of hieroglyphs.
These relate to the last twenty years of Pharoanic rule leading up to Egypt being conquered by Alexander the Great.  Found on a pillar placed at the entrance to the temple.  Now in Naples Archaeological Museum.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Limestone stele with twenty lines of hieroglyphs.

These relate to the last twenty years of Pharaonic rule leading up to Egypt being conquered by Alexander the Great.

Found on a pillar placed at the entrance to the temple.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 1035.

 

Temple court

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. April 2016. Temple with bust of Isis in cella. 
Photo courtesy of Benjamín Núñez González (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons. [Use subject to CC BY-SA 4.0].

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. April 2016. Temple with bust of Isis in cella.

Photo courtesy of Benjamín Núñez González (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons. [Use subject to CC BY-SA 4.0].

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. December 2014. Temple court and purgatorium. Photo courtesy of Katharina Kuxhausen.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. December 2014. Temple court and purgatorium.

Photo courtesy of Katharina Kuxhausen.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2006. North-east corner of temple court from entrance.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2006. North-east corner of temple court from entrance.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii.  North east corner of temple court from entrance.
Photographed 1970-79 by Günther Einhorn, picture courtesy of his son Ralf Einhorn.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. North-east corner of temple court from entrance.

Photographed 1970-79 by Günther Einhorn, picture courtesy of his son Ralf Einhorn.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 1932. Looking south-west across temple court from entrance. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 1932. Looking south-west across temple court from entrance.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. April 2016. Looking south-west across temple court from entrance. 
There is now a reproduction marble bust of Isis at the rear of the temple cella. 
Photo courtesy of Benjamín Núñez González (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons. [Use subject to CC BY-SA 4.0].

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. April 2016. Looking south-west across temple court from entrance.

There is now a reproduction marble bust of Isis at the rear of the temple cella.

Photo courtesy of Benjamín Núñez González (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons. [Use subject to CC BY-SA 4.0].

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2010. Looking south west across temple court from entrance. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. May 2010. Looking south-west across temple court from entrance.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Found in the court of the temple. 
Brazier made of bronze and iron with lion’s paw feet and decorated with theatrical masks and animals fighting. 
Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 135.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Found in the court of the temple.

Brazier made of bronze and iron with lion’s paw feet and decorated with theatrical masks and animals fighting.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 135.

 

Pit

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii.  March 2009. Metal grid above a pit  where the refuse from the sacrifices was put.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. March 2009. Metal grid above a pit where the refuse from the sacrifices was put.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Egyptian funerary statuette found in a pit in the court of the temple. An ancient pharaonic funerary statue or Ushabti (a figurine of a dead person, placed in their tomb to do their work for them in the afterlife), from the tomb of a dignitary, Paef-hery-hesu, with no relation to the cult of Isis.
Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 463.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Egyptian funerary statuette found in a pit in the court of the temple.

An ancient pharaonic funerary statue or Ushabti (a figurine of a dead person, placed in their tomb to do their work for them in the afterlife), from the tomb of a dignitary, Paef-hery-hesu, with no relation to the cult of Isis.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number 463.

 

Altar

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii.  March 2009. Purgatorium.  Looking north along West side to Altar.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. March 2009. Purgatorium. Looking north along west side to altar.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii.  March 2009.  Altar, on north side of Purgatorium.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. March 2009. West side of altar, on north side of purgatorium.

 

VIII.7.28, Pompeii. May 2015. West side of altar, on north side of purgatorium.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VIII.7.28, Pompeii. May 2015. West side of altar, on north side of purgatorium.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Temple

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1932. North-east corner of colonnade from entrance. Photo taken during a shore-visit from the ship Resolute’s world cruise in 1932. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1932. North-east corner of portico from entrance.

Photo taken during a shore-visit from the ship Resolute’s world cruise in 1932.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Mid 1890’s photograph by Esposito, no.018. Temple steps leading up to portico and cella.  Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Mid 1890’s photograph by Esposito, no.018.

Temple steps leading up to portico and cella. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Old undated photograph by Amodio no. 2960, album dated c.1873.
North-east corner of colonnade from entrance. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Old undated photograph by Amodio no. 2960, album dated c.1873.

North-east corner of portico from entrance. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Photograph by Sommer, c.1870’s. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Photograph by Sommer, c.1870’s. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Old undated photograph by Mauri. Looking south-west across Temple of Isis. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Old undated photograph by Mauri. Looking south-west across Temple of Isis.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1854. View of the inside of the Temple of Isis.
See Niccolini F, 1854. Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei: Volume Primo. Napoli. (Tav. 1).

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1854. View of the inside of the Temple of Isis.

See Niccolini F, 1854. Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei: Volume Primo. Napoli. (Tav. 1).

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1838. View of the inside of the Temple of Isis.
See Mazois, F., 1838. Les Ruines de Pompei: Quatrieme Partie. Paris: Didot Freres. (plate VIII).

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1838. View of the inside of the Temple of Isis.

See Mazois, F., 1838. Les Ruines de Pompei: Quatrième Partie. Paris: Didot Freres. (plate VIII).

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1804 drawing by Piranesi of temple front view, showing a reconstruction of the portico. 
At the top of the pediment are moulded reliefs of the winged figures holding shields and armour.
See Piranesi, F, 1804. Antiquites de la Grande Grece: Tome II. Paris: Piranesi and Le Blanc, pl. LXIX.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. 1804 drawing by Piranesi of temple front view, showing a reconstruction of the portico.

At the top of the pediment are moulded reliefs of the winged figures holding shields and armour.

See Piranesi, F, 1804. Antiquites de la Grande Grece: Tome II. Paris: Piranesi and Le Blanc, pl. LXIX.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Temple pediment façade.  
Moulded relief with two winged figures facing each other, one holding a shield and the other holding armour. 
Vines fill the gaps below and a Dionysian head is superimposed. Now in Naples Archaeological Museum.  Inventory numbers 21473, 21482, 21483.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Temple pediment façade. 

Moulded relief with two winged figures facing each other, one holding a shield and the other holding armour.

Vines fill the gaps below and a Dionysian head is superimposed.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory numbers 21473, 21482, 21483.

 

VIII.7.28, Pompeii. May 2015. Detail of niche at north end of east side. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VIII.7.28, Pompeii. May 2015. Detail of niche at north end of east side.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VIII.7.28, Pompeii. June 1962. Temple of Isis. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28, Pompeii. June 1962. Temple of Isis. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28, Pompeii. Old undated photograph by Rive, no.421. East side of Temple of Isis. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.28, Pompeii. Old undated photograph by Rive, no.421.

East side of Temple of Isis. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Old undated photograph, possibly c.1875 to early 1880s. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.
The man in front is holding a book, a copy of the Scafati Guide to Pompeii.  
Looking at the higher resolution original photo, the cover of the booklet has an image of the first cast that Fiorelli made in 1863.
It also has a curved top line of type above the word Pompei and has no binding on the spine.
These would date the booklet to the original editions which first came out in 1875.  
Based on a comparison with copies of the Scafati guide which Rick has in his private collection, the cover in the photo matches the first edition of the guide book.  
As such, he estimates the photo was taken sometime from 1875 to early 1880s.

VIII.7.28 Pompeii. Old undated photograph, possibly c.1875- early 1880s. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

The man in front is holding a book, a copy of the Scafati Guide to Pompeii. 

Looking at the higher resolution original photo, the cover of the booklet has an image of the first cast that Fiorelli made in 1863.

It also has a curved top line of type above the word Pompei and has no binding on the spine.

These would date the booklet to the original editions which first came out in 1875. 

Based on a comparison with copies of the Scafati guide which Rick has in his private collection, the cover in the photo matches the first edition of the guide book. 

As such, he estimates the photo was taken sometime from c.1875 - early 1880s. 

 

 

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VIII.7.28 Plan (Opens in a separate window)