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VI.16.32 Pompeii. Casa di L. Aurunculeius Secundio.

Linked to VI.16.33. Excavated 1904.

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Room Plan

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. December 2005. Wide entrance doorway with large threshold of lava.
This was discovered with openings for the groove of the door-posts and that of the bolt.
See Notizie degli Scavi, 1908, (p.287)

VI.16.32 Pompeii. December 2005. Wide entrance doorway with large threshold of lava.

This was discovered with openings for the groove of the door-posts and that of the bolt.

See Notizie degli Scavi, 1908, (p.287)

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. May 2015. Room B, the atrium, looking east from entrance fauces, A.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. May 2015. Room B, the atrium, looking east from entrance fauces, A.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room B, the atrium, looking east from entrance fauces, A.
According to NdS, in the short entrance corridor A, on the right was preserved a high brick plinth. On this was written a graffito in large letters: DOMINVS EST.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room B, the atrium, looking east from entrance fauces, A.

According to NdS, in the short entrance corridor A, on the right was preserved a high dado (laterizio).

On this was written a graffito in large letters: DOMINVS EST.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. September 2004. Room B, looking east from entrance fauces across atrium. When discovered the walls of the atrium were rustic and the only decoration was a high brick plinth. In the high eastern wall were two semicircular niches, the portion of wall around them was faced with white plaster forming a rectangle.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. September 2004. Room B, looking east from entrance fauces across atrium.

When discovered the walls of the atrium were rustic and the only decoration was a high dado (laterizio).

In the high eastern wall were two semicircular niches, the portion of wall around them was faced with white plaster forming a rectangle.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. May 2015. Room B, detail of the two semi-circular niches in wall above atrium.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. May 2015. Room B, detail of the two semi-circular niches in wall above atrium.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. December 2005. Looking east across room B, atrium. According to NdS, this atrium only contained a hint of an impluvium, being reduced to a simple and slight rectangular hole. The border was adorned with a wide band with white tesserae buried in the mortar of the floor and containing pieces of encrusted marble.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. December 2005. Looking east across room B, atrium.

According to NdS, this atrium only contained a hint of an impluvium (a), being reduced to a simple and slight rectangular hole.

The border was adorned with a wide band with white tesserae buried in the mortar of the floor and containing pieces of encrusted marble.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. December 2005. Room B, looking across atrium towards doorways to rooms F and H, from fauces A.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. December 2005.

Room B, looking across atrium towards doorways to rooms F and H, from fauces A.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Doorway to room D, small room or cupboard. According to NdS, the entrance to this room had a lava threshold and would have had wooden door-jambs.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Doorway to room D, small room or cupboard.

According to NdS, the entrance to this room had a lava threshold and would have had wooden door-jambs.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room D, west wall with window. According to NdS, the walls of this room were rustic and in the west wall was a window. In June 1904, many items of bronze, gold, silver, glass, crystal, lead, iron and marble, were discovered in this room on the floor along the south and west walls. Among them were two bronze seals. On one was written in beautiful prominent letters -

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room D, west wall with window.

According to NdS, the walls of this room were rustic and in the west wall was a window.

In June 1904, many items of bronze, gold, silver, glass, crystal, lead, iron and marble, were discovered in this room on the floor along the south and west walls.

Among them were two bronze seals.

On one was written in beautiful prominent letters -

 

These read as L. Aurunculei Secundioni(s), and in the ring bezel were incised the initials of the same name – s.a.l. On the name-plate of the other ring-seal was written l.b.a. In its ring bezel was an incised vase. See Notizie degli Scavi, 1908, (p.292).

These read as L. Aurunculei Secundioni(s), and in the ring bezel were incised the initials of the same name – s.a.l.

On the name-plate of the other ring-seal was written l.b.a. In its ring bezel was an incised vase.

See Notizie degli Scavi, 1908, (p.292).

 

VI.16.32/33 Pompeii. 14th June 1904. Bronze sigillo or stamp of L. Aurunculeius Secundio. 
SAP inventory number 55814. 
Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.
It reads L. AVRVNC(VL)E SECVNDIONI or (Produce of?) Lucius Aurunculeius Secundio.

According to Della Corte, the family Aurunculei were not otherwise known in Pompeii. 
This Secundio may have been a freedman who moved to Pompeii after gaining his liberty.
One of the two seal/signets found, indicated to Della Corte the name of the house host.
It read –
L.  AVRVNCVLEI
  SECVNDIONIS 
        L. A. S                
The other seal/signet only showed the initials A. B….. L…..  
See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (Pages 71-2, Item 95, and S8 and S10).

VI.16.32/33 Pompeii. 14th June 1904. Bronze sigillo or stamp of L. Aurunculeius Secundio.

SAP inventory number 55814.

Photographed at “A Day in Pompeii” exhibition at Melbourne Museum. September 2009.

It reads L. AVRVNC(VL)E SECVNDIONI or (Produce of?) Lucius Aurunculeius Secundio.

 

According to Della Corte, the family Aurunculei were not otherwise known in Pompeii.

This Secundio may have been a freedman who moved to Pompeii after gaining his liberty.

One of the two seal/signets found, indicated to Della Corte the name of the house host.

It read –

L.  AVRVNCVLEI

  SECVNDIONIS

        L. A. S               

The other seal/signet only showed the initials A. B….. L….. 

See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (Pages 71-2, Item 95, and S8 and S10).

 

VI.16.32/33 Pompeii. 14th June 1904. Bronze sigillo or stamp of L. Aurunculeius Secundio. 
SAP inventory number 55814. 
Composite photo courtesy of Dan Pater.
Top is the face of the seal. 
Centre is the reversed image.
Bottom is a drawing showing the outline of the stamp produced by the seal.

VI.16.32/33 Pompeii. 14th June 1904. Bronze sigillo or stamp of L. Aurunculeius Secundio.

SAP inventory number 55814.

Composite photo courtesy of Dan Pater.

Top is the face of the seal.

Centre is the reversed image.

Bottom is a drawing showing the outline of the stamp produced by the seal.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Looking north to doorway to room E, oecus, with remains of window on right. The floor of this room was cocciopesto with marble inlay. The walls were painted with the usual large panels, three on each of the narrow walls (east and west). The panel remains on the south wall, were three but the doorway and window also opened in this wall. The north wall would have certainly had more than three panels, but its plastered decoration was entirely destroyed. The frieze was also almost entirely destroyed.  The plinth had a black background, and was divided in panels using dashes.  The large panels of the walls had a red background.  The central panel on the east and west wall contained a white background.  In the centre of the other panels on the same walls was a painting of a small pot or vase, with a few small secondary objects below. In the middle of the preserved panel of the other two walls was a feeding bird, except in that to the left of the window where there was a painted vase.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Looking north to doorway to room E, oecus, with remains of window on right.

The floor of this room was cocciopesto with marble inlay.

The walls were painted with the usual large panels, three on each of the narrow walls (east and west).

The panel remains on the south wall, were three but the doorway and window also opened in this wall.

The north wall would have certainly had more than three panels, but its plastered decoration was entirely destroyed.

The frieze was also almost entirely destroyed.

The dado had a black background, and was divided in panels using dashes.

The large panels of the walls had a red background.

The central panel on the east and west wall contained a white background.

In the centre of the other panels on the same walls was a painting of a small pot or vase, with a few small secondary objects below.

In the middle of the preserved panel of the other two walls was a feeding bird, other than that to the left of the window where there was a painted vase.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room E, north wall, its decoration almost entirely destroyed.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room E, north wall, its decoration almost entirely destroyed.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room E, east wall with central panel  (height 1.10m width 0.76m) . According to NdS, the central panel showed a painting of a sacred grove with a herm of Priapus painted in red. On the right was a high pilaster, on top of which was a large rounded vase. Near the base of the pilaster was a red statue of Minerva. To the left of the painting, were two women approaching an altar placed before Priapus, and of these that to the right carried some offerings. In front of the sacred enclosure was either a river or lake, with a bridge. At the left end of the bridge were two goats drinking. There was also another woman followed by a boy and a girl. See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1908, (p296-7).

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room E, east wall with central panel  (height 1.10m width 0.76m) .

According to NdS, the central panel showed a painting of a sacred grove with a herm of Priapus painted in red.

On the right was a high pilaster, on top of which was a large rounded vase.

Near the base of the pilaster was a red statue of Minerva.

To the left of the painting, were two women approaching an altar placed before Priapus, and of these that to the right carried some offerings.

In front of the sacred enclosure was either a river or lake, with a bridge.

At the left end of the bridge were two goats drinking.

There was also another woman followed by a boy and a girl.

See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità, 1908, (p296-7).

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii.  March 2009.  Room 3, South east corner.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room E, south-east corner.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room E, west wall with site of central panel (height 1.08m width 0.76m). According to NdS, the central panel was very faded but the subject was recognisable. On the right sitting above a cliff was a naked Polyphemus, with a sheep nearby. On the left would have been Galatea, arriving on the back of a dolphin, but this was mostly destroyed. She was clothed in a yellow tunic with red cloak on top, and in her right hand she carried a leaf. See Notizie degli Scavi, 1908, (p.297).

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room E, west wall with site of central panel (height 1.08m width 0.76m).

According to NdS, the central panel was very faded but the subject was recognisable.

On the right sitting above a cliff was a naked Polyphemus, with a sheep nearby.

On the left would have been Galatea, arriving on the back of a dolphin, but this was mostly destroyed.

She was clothed in a yellow tunic with red cloak on top, and in her right hand she carried a leaf.

See Notizie degli Scavi, 1908, (p.297).

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. December 2005. Room B, east wall of atrium with doorway to room F, garden area with niches above. According to NdS, in the north-east corner of the atrium was a low masonry wall, on which there was a second smaller one.  Sogliano seemed to think he could see the void in which the end of a wooden ladder would have been fixed.
The wooden ladder would have leaned against the north wall and given access to an upper floor. See Notizie degli Scavi, 1908, (p.287)
To the left and straight ahead in the east wall were two large windows that gave onto garden F, between them was a doorway to the garden. Later however, the window on the left and the doorway were bricked up, and the window on the right was changed into the doorway. The garden F was uncovered.

VI.16.32 Pompeii. December 2005.

Room B, east wall of atrium with doorway to room F, garden area with niches above.

According to NdS, in the north-east corner of the atrium was a low masonry wall, on which there was a second smaller one.  Sogliano seemed to think he could see the void in which the end of a wooden ladder would have been fixed.

The wooden ladder would have leaned against the north wall and given access to an upper floor.

See Notizie degli Scavi, 1908, (p.287)

To the left and straight ahead in the east wall were two large windows that gave onto garden F, between them was a doorway to the garden.

Later however, the window on the left and the doorway were bricked up, and the window on the right was changed into the doorway.

The garden F was open and uncovered.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii.  March 2009.  Room 4,  North wall .

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room F, north wall.

 

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009. Room F, site of tub or basin and table in lower centre, looking towards north-west corner. According to NdS, in the centre was a tub (d) in the form of an impluvium with the base and sides decorated with Opus signinum, and there was also a travertine foot of a table in the middle. Along part of the west and north sides was a rough channel. At the east end of this in the ground was a terracotta puteal (e).

VI.16.32 Pompeii. March 2009.

Room F, site of tub or basin and table in lower centre, looking towards north-west corner.

According to NdS, in the centre was a tub (d) in the form of an impluvium with the base and sides decorated with Opus signinum, and there was also a travertine foot of a table in the middle.

Along part of the west and north sides was a rough channel.

At the east end of this in the ground was a terracotta puteal (e).

 

 

Part 2

 

Room Plan