According to Della Corte, found on the west (left) of the entrance doorway was a graffito –
Fabius Ululitremulus cum Sula rog(at) [CIL IV 7963]
Also found were names of other dependants of Fabio –
(Fullones) Calamus, Leno, Pegte (?) [CIL IV 9125-9132]
Ephebus, Ricinus, Gerulus (or Glerus) [CIL IV 9116]
See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.337)
According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), these read as –
C(aium) Cuspium Pansam et
L(ucium) Popidium L(uci) f(ilium) Secundum aed(iles) o(ro) v(os) f(aciatis)
Sul(l)a rog(at) [CIL
[CIL IV 9125a]
Fullones [CIL IV 9125b]
Fullo[nes] [CIL IV 9125c]
Roma [CIL IV
Roma [CIL IV 9126b]
Scripsit Calamus cum atramentario Leno E[p]hebus hac [CIL IV 9127]
Ricino Pegte rog(at) [CIL IV 9128a]
Fullones Pegte rog(at) [CIL IV 9128b]
Fullones Eno Cn(aei)
f(ilio) Rul[l]i roga(mus) [CIL
poste[r]u [CIL IV 9132]
[CIL IV 9116]
IX.13.5 Pompeii.December 2005. Entrance doorway.
There was a small painting on either side of the doorway.
These were surrounded by the chessboard decoration still visible at IX.13.6.
Aeneas was on the right hand side of the door and
See Fröhlich, T., 1991, Lararien und Fassadenbilder in den Vesuvstädten. Mainz: von Zabern. (F72, p.339/40).
IX.13.5 Pompeii. May 2005. Remains of painted plaster between IX.13.4 and IX.13.5.
Visible on the left of the plaster is one red square of the checkerboard pattern that covered the façade.
Visible on the right of the plaster are the remains of the figure of Romulus, head, shoulder and cloak.
IX.13.5 Pompeii. 1913. Painting of Romulus carrying a trophaeon.
See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1913, p. 145.
IX.13.5 Pompeii. 1913. Painting of Aeneas, his father Anchises and son Ascanius fleeing from Troy.
See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1913, p. 144.
IX.13.5 Pompeii. May 2005. Remains of painted plaster between IX.13.5 and IX.13.6.
When excavated it would have had a small painting of Aeneas, surrounded by a chessboard pattern.
See Varone, A. and Stefani, G., 2009. Titulorum Pictorum Pompeianorum, Rome: L’erma di Bretschneider, (p.469,471-72)
IX.13.5 Pompeii. Graffito found on east (right) side of entrance doorway.
Fullones ululamque cano non arma virumq(ue) [CIL IV
According to Cooley, a graffito was found on the façade near the picture of Aeneas –
Fullones ululamque cano, non arma virumque [CIL IV 9131]
She translated it as –
“I sing of fullers and an owl, not of arms and a man”
She said that this graffito had been modified from the famous opening words of the Aeneid, well-known by and often quoted by the Pompeians.
The original was written as “arma virumque cano” (translation – I sing of arms and a man).
The owl was a symbol of fullers, because of its link with their patroness, Minerva.
The parody also puns on the fuller’s name (ululam cano).
See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge. (p.71-2)
See also Garcia y Garcia, L., 2005. Pupils, Teachers and Schools in Pompeii. Roma: Bardi editore. (p.142)