VI.5.3 Pompeii. December 2007. Entrance doorway.
Looking south-east from the walls, across corner of VI.2, to road and entrance doorway of VI.5.3.
Photographed 1970-79 by Günther Einhorn, picture courtesy of his son Ralf Einhorn.
VI.5.3 Pompeii. May 2010.
Detail from model held in Naples Archaeological Museum, showing atrium area.
Room 1 can be seen in the lower left of centre, with the entrance corridor on its right.
The painted south wall of the atrium can be viewed as it is now, in part 5.
VI.5.3 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking east along entrance corridor towards atrium.
VI.5.3 Pompeii. September 2005. Entrance corridor, looking east.
VI.5.3 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking east across atrium and Impluvium, towards tablinum.
According to Breton, when excavated around 1844, a pedestal with a small marble Silenus was found in the middle of the impluvium.
There was also a table and puteal of marble, which no longer exists there.
Two or three bronze cherubs were also found around the impluvium.
See Breton, Ernest. 1870. Pompeia, Guide de visite a Pompei, 3rd ed. Paris, Guerin.
See Jashemski, W. F., 1993. The Gardens of Pompeii, Volume II: Appendices. New York: Caratzas. (p.125)
According to Helbig, the paintings found in the tablinum were: a possible bust of Aphrodite, 76, Girl and satyr, 511
See Helbig, W., 1868. Wandgemälde der vom Vesuv verschütteten Städte Campaniens. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel. (76 and 511)
DAIR 83.67. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.
According to Helbig, paintings found in the room to the left of the prothyron were;
Artemis 237, Demeter, 177, Aphrodite 292,
See Helbig, W., 1868. Wandgemälde der vom Vesuv verschütteten Städte Campaniens. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel. (237, 177, 292)
Structure in north-west corner of atrium, between rooms 1 and 2.
According to Fiorelli, these were stairs to the upper floor.
See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.54)
VI.5.3 Pompeii. December 2007. Doorway to room 2 on north side of atrium.
According to Fiorelli, this was a cubiculum.
Door to room 3 on the left and room 5 on the right, from the atrium.
According to Fiorelli, room 3 would have been the north ala with a passage to another cubiculum behind it.
Room 5 would have been a triclinium with a window onto the garden.
According to Garcia y Garcia, in 1943 a bomb fell near the atrium causing the total destruction of the north ala, and of the three adjacent rooms.
The north perimeter wall that separated this from the other dependent area at VI.5.2 was destroyed, as well as an interesting 4th style architectural decoration.
In 1976 there was a restoration that was neither precise nor total.
See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.75)
VI.5.3 Pompeii. December 2007. Niche in room 3, the north ala.