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VI.14.28 Pompeii. Taberna Lusoria. Excavated 1876.

 

 VI.14.28 Pompeii. December 2006. Looking north-west on Via del Vesuvio towards entrance, and showing remains of upper floor.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. December 2006. Looking north-west on Via del Vesuvio towards entrance and showing remains of upper floor.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Old undated photograph. View showing upper floor and wall paintings in situ.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Old undated photograph.

View showing upper floor and wall paintings in situ.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. About 1909. Via del Vesuvio, looking north. Taberna Lusoria, on the left, showing upper storey, and plaque on outside wall.  Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. About 1909. Via del Vesuvio, looking north.

Taberna Lusoria, on the left, showing upper storey, and plaque on outside wall. 

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. July 2010. Looking west across Via del Vesuvio. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns. According to BdI, this doorway would have been open onto the roadway in the manner of a shop. However when found, it did not have a sales-counter/podium. See BdI, 1876, (p.49)

VI.14.28 Pompeii. July 2010. Looking west across Via del Vesuvio. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

According to BdI, this doorway would have been open onto the roadway in the manner of a shop.

However, when found, it did not have a sales-counter/podium.

See Bullettino dell’Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica (DAIR), 1876, (p.49)

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1937-39. Looking west across Via del Vesuvio towards front facade.
Photo courtesy of American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive.  Warsher collection no. 1791

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Pre-1937-39. Looking west across Via del Vesuvio towards front facade.

Photo courtesy of American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive. Warsher collection no. 1791.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2003. Wall on south side of entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2003. Wall on south side of entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. July 2010. Plaque on outside wall showing a “fritillus” between four phalluses. A fritillus was the vessel for dice-throwing.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. July 2010. Plaque on outside wall showing a “fritillus” between four phalluses.

A fritillus was the vessel for dice-throwing. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2003. Plaque on wall, south of entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2003. Plaque on wall, south of entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1968. Plaque on outside wall showing a “fritillus” between four phalluses. 
Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.
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VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1968. Plaque on outside wall showing a “fritillus” between four phalluses. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2005. Entrance doorway and south wall.
According to Della Corte, found on the right door-jamb at the moment of excavation was the recommendation – Aliari rog (ant)  [CIL IV 3485].
Instead of reading alia and aliarius, he believed that the words should have been read as alea and alearius, therefore he called it Taberna Lusoria Aleariorum. Also found painted on the right, in the ground floor room, was Bacchus who with his wine made joy and merriment. Also found was a painted Mercury, protector of players, swindlers, cheats and thieves. See Della Corte, M., 1965.  Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.90)
According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), CIL IV 3485 reads as - 
Cn(aeum) Helvium
Sabinum aed(ilem)
aliari rog(ant)      [CIL IV 3485]
According to Cooley, this translated as -
The dice-throwers ask for Cn. Helvius Sabinus.
See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge.  (p.124, but she quotes CIL IV 3435, and not 3485)

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2005. Entrance doorway and south wall.

According to Della Corte, found on the right door-jamb at the moment of excavation was the recommendation –

Aliari rog (ant)  [CIL IV 3485].

Instead of reading alia and aliarius, he believed that the words should have been read as alea and alearius, therefore he called it Taberna Lusoria Aleariorum.

Also found painted on the right, in the ground floor room, was Bacchus who with his wine made joy and merriment.

Also found was a painted Mercury, protector of players, swindlers, cheats and thieves.

See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.90)

 

According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), CIL IV 3485 reads as -

Cn(aeum) Helvium

Sabinum aed(ilem)

aliari rog(ant)      [CIL IV 3485]

 

According to Cooley, this translated as -

The dice-throwers ask for Cn. Helvius Sabinus.

See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii: A Sourcebook. London: Routledge.  (p.124, but she quotes CIL IV 3435, and not 3485)

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2005. Doorway to room in south wall.
According to Della Corte, on the ground floor was a main room, with a small room on the south side. He said graffiti found in this small room were –
VI idus febr(uarias), Vettia
(accepit a me?) denarios XX: usu (ra) (asses) XII.
Non(is) Febr(uariis) (Vettia accepit) a Faustilla
Denarios XV: usu(ra) a(sses) VIII.                         [CIL IV 4528] 
See Della Corte, M., 1965.  Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.94-5, and note 1)
According to Cooley, this translated as -
8 February. Vettia, 20 denarii: usury 12 asses. 5 February from Faustilla, 15 denarii: usury 8 asses.   [CIL IV 4528]
See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge.  (p.170)
According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), this read as –
IV Idus Feb(ruarias) Vettia 
|(denariis) XX usu(ra) a(sses) XII 
Nov(embres) Faustilla 
|(denariis) XV usu(ra) a(sses) VIIII      [CIL IV 4528]

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2005. Doorway to room in south wall.

According to BdI, on the ground floor was a main room, with a small room on the south side.

The small room had a window onto the roadway.

Also found in the small room were two paintings, hardly recognisable.

However, in one a man lying on a bed could be recognised.

See Bullettino dell’Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica (DAIR), 1876, (p.50)

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Drawing of CIL IV 4528 found in small room in south wall. According to Della Corte, graffiti found in this small room were –

VI idus febr(uarias), Vettia
(accepit a me?) denarios XX: usu (ra) (asses) XII.

Non(is) Febr(uariis) (Vettia accepit) a Faustilla
Denarios XV: usu(ra) a(sses) VIII.                         [CIL IV 4528] 

See Della Corte, M., 1965.  Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.94-5, and note 1)
(Note: according to Della Corte, the first word was “VI”, but according to BdI, and Clauss/Slaby, below, the first word should be “IV”.
Then Della Corte and BdI have “Non(is) Febr.....”, whereas Clauss/Slaby has “Nov(embres) Faustilla”).
See BdI, 1876, (p.50)

According to Cooley, this translated as -
8 February. Vettia, 20 denarii: usury 12 asses. 5 February from Faustilla, 15 denarii: usury 8 asses.   [CIL IV 4528]
See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge.  (p.170)

According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), this read as –

IV Idus Feb(ruarias) Vettia 
|(denariis) XX usu(ra) a(sses) XII 
Nov(embres) Faustilla 
|(denariis) XV usu(ra) a(sses) VIIII      [CIL IV 4528]

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Drawing of CIL IV 4528 found in small room in south wall.

According to Della Corte, graffiti found in this small room were –

 

VI idus febr(uarias), Vettia

(accepit a me?) denarios XX: usu (ra) (asses) XII.

 

Non(is) Febr(uariis) (Vettia accepit) a Faustilla

Denarios XV: usu(ra) a(sses) VIII.                         [CIL IV 4528]

 

See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.94-5, and note 1)

(Note: according to Della Corte, the first word was “VI”, but according to BdI, C.I.L. and Clauss/Slaby, below, the first word should be “IV”.

Then Della Corte and BdI have “Non(is) Febr.....”, whereas Clauss/Slaby has “Nov(embres) Faustilla”).

See BdI, 1876, (p.50)

 

According to Cooley, this translated as -

8 February. Vettia, 20 denarii: usury 12 asses. 5 February from Faustilla, 15 denarii: usury 8 asses.   [CIL IV 4528]

See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii: A Sourcebook. London: Routledge.  (p.170)

 

According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), this read as –


IV Idus Feb(ruarias) Vettia

|(denariis) XX usu(ra) a(sses) XII

Nov(embres) Faustilla

|(denariis) XV usu(ra) a(sses) VIIII      [CIL IV 4528]

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii.  December 2006. South wall.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. December 2006. South wall.

 

VI.14.28Pompeii. 1937-39. Looking towards south wall, on right, shown with front facade. Photo courtesy of American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive. 
Warsher collection no. 1791a

VI.14.28Pompeii. Pre-1937-39. Looking towards south wall, on right, shown with front facade.

Photo courtesy of American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive. Warsher collection no. 1791°.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii.  December 2006. Looking west.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. December 2006. Looking west from entrance.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii.  December 2006. West wall.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. December 2006. West wall.

According to Della Corte, in the north-west corner was a doorway linking with VI.14.30.

It led to steps to the upper floor, which had a further two rooms.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2005. West wall.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. May 2005. West wall.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii.  December 2006. North wall. In the centre of the north wall was a painting of Venus fishing with the help of cupids.

VI.14.28 Pompeii.  December 2006. North wall. In the centre of the north wall was a painting of Venus fishing with the help of cupids.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1937-39. Detail of east end of north wall. Photo courtesy of American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive. Warsher collection no. 1705a.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Pre-1937-39. Detail of east end of north wall.

Photo courtesy of American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive. Warsher collection no. 1705a.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1937-39. Looking towards north wall with painting of Venus fishing. Photo courtesy of American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive. 
Warsher collection no. 675

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Pre-1937-39. Looking towards north wall with central painting of Venus fishing.

Photo courtesy of American Academy in Rome, Photographic Archive. Warsher collection no. 675.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1878. Painting of Venus fishing with the help of cupids, found on north wall.
See Presuhn E., 1878. Pompeji: Die Neuesten Ausgrabungen  von 1874 bis 1878. Leipzig: Weigel. (IV, Plate VII).
See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.90-1, incl. Fig. 191 with painting of Venus)
See Schefold, K., 1962. Vergessenes Pompeji. Bern: Francke. (p.173 and Taf. 177.3)
See Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: (p.36, no. 146)
See BdI, 1876, (p.49-50), painting found on same north (right) wall as Mercury and Bacchus, the size of the painting was 0.36 high x 0.33 wide.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1878. Painting of Venus fishing with the help of cupids, found on north wall.

See Presuhn E., 1878. Pompeji: Die Neuesten Ausgrabungen von 1874 bis 1878. Leipzig: Weigel. (IV, Taf. VII).

See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.90-1, incl. Fig. 191 with painting of Venus)

See Schefold, K., 1962. Vergessenes Pompeji. Bern: Francke. (p.173 and Taf. 177.3)

See Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: (p.36, no. 146)

See Bullettino dell’Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica (DAIR), 1876, (p.49-50), painting found on same north (right) wall as Mercury and Bacchus, the size of the painting was 0.36 high x 0.33 wide.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Painting by Geremia Discanno, of Venus fishing with the help of cupids, found on north wall, now completely faded.
Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number ADS 417.
Photo © ICCD. http://www.catalogo.beniculturali.it
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VI.14.28 Pompeii. Painting by Geremia Discanno, of Venus fishing with the help of cupids, found on north wall, now completely faded.

Now in Naples Archaeological Museum. Inventory number ADS 417.

Photo © ICCD. https://www.catalogo.beniculturali.it

Utilizzabili alle condizioni della licenza Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Condividi allo stesso modo 2.5 Italia (CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 IT)

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Drawing by G. Discanno of painting of Venus fishing with the help of cupids, found on north wall.
DAIR 83.108. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv. 
See http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilder/5022282

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Drawing by G. Discanno of painting of Venus fishing with the help of cupids, found on north wall.

DAIR 83.108. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. From an album by Roberto Rive, dated 1868. 
Venere Pescatrice (Venus Fishing) seen on north wall. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. From an album by Roberto Rive, dated 1868.

Venere Pescatrice (Venus Fishing) seen on north wall. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Drawing by G. Discanno of painting of Mercury and Bacchus from north wall.
DAIR 83.109. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv. 
See http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilder/5022283

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Drawing by G. Discanno of painting of Mercury and Bacchus from north wall.

DAIR 83.109. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1878. Also found were two little boys (or cupids) playing with a puppy and a bunch of grapes, on the west wall. See Presuhn E., 1878. Pompeji: Die Neuesten Ausgrabungen  von 1874 bis 1878. Leipzig: Weigel. (IV, Plate VIII).
See Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: (p.42, no.181 for description of painting of two cupids, or satyrs)
See BdI, 1876, (p.50), painting of cupids found on rear (west wall), size of painting 0.38 high x 0.32 wide.
There were also flying cupids with all their pleasing attributes, lyre, tambourine, thyrsus, cornucopia, vases or plates for perfumed water, together with Polyphemus receiving Galatea’s letter from cupid, on the south wall.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1878. Also found were two little boys (or cupids) playing with a puppy and a bunch of grapes, on the west wall.

See Presuhn E., 1878. Pompeji: Die Neuesten Ausgrabungen von 1874 bis 1878. Leipzig: Weigel. (IV, Plate VIII).

See Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: (p.42, no.181 for description of painting of two cupids, or satyrs)

See Bullettino dell’Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica (DAIR), 1876, (p.50), painting of cupids found on rear (west wall), size of painting 0.38 high x 0.32 wide.

There were also flying cupids with all their pleasing attributes, lyre, tambourine, thyrsus, cornucopia, vases or plates for perfumed water, together with Polyphemus receiving Galatea’s letter from cupid, on the south wall.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Copy of painting of two little boys (or cupids) playing with a puppy and a bunch of grapes, on the west wall.
DAIR 83.100. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Copy of painting of two little boys (or cupids) playing with a puppy and a bunch of grapes, on the west wall.

DAIR 83.100. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.

 

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VI.14.28 Pompeii. W1406. Drawing of painting of Polyphemus and cupid, from the south wall, drawn by Discanno.
Photo by Tatiana Warscher. With kind permission of DAI Rome, whose copyright it remains. 
See http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilderbestand/231870

VI.14.28 Pompeii. W1406.

Drawing of painting of Polyphemus and cupid, from the south wall, drawn by Discanno.

Photo by Tatiana Warscher. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Drawing of painting of Polyphemus and cupid, from the south wall, drawn by Discanno.
DAIR 83.111. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Drawing of painting of Polyphemus and cupid, from the south wall, drawn by Discanno.

DAIR 83.111. Photo © Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Abteilung Rom, Arkiv.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1878. Polyphemus receiving Galatea’s letter from cupid sitting on a dolphin, from the south wall. See Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: (p. 78, no.472).
See Reinach S., 1922. Répertoire de peintures grecques et romaines. Paris Leroux. (172, 5)
See BdI, 1876, (p.50), painting found on left (south) wall, size of painting 0.41 high x 0.34 wide.

VI.14.28 Pompeii. 1878. Polyphemus receiving Galatea’s letter from cupid sitting on a dolphin, from the south wall.

See Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: (p. 78, no.472).

See Reinach S., 1922. Répertoire de peintures grecques et romaines. Paris Leroux. (172, 5)

See Bullettino dell’Instituto di Corrispondenza Archeologica (DAIR), 1876, (p.50), painting found on left (south) wall, size of painting 0.41 high x 0.34 wide.

 

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Model in Naples Archaeological Museum, showing area.  According to Della Corte, this consisted of a ground and an upper floor. The ground floor consisted of a small room to the south of the main room. This communicated with a neighbouring room of passage in its north-west corner with the atrium of the Casa del Laocoonte, and by a wooden staircase to the upper floor. There were another two rooms on the upper floor. Mau observed there may have been another room on the upper floor, at one time in direct communication with the neighbouring room, but then had been walled up. See Della Corte, M., 1965.  Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.90)
According to Garcia y Garcia, this was a real gambling den of the Roman period. It was nearly completely destroyed by the nocturnal bombing of the 16th September 1943, with the ruin of the upper floor and nearly total loss of the decoration in IVth Style, that had been previously well preserved.  See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.90-1, incl. figs 188-192)

VI.14.28 Pompeii. Cork model in Naples Archaeological Museum, showing area.

According to Della Corte, VI.14.28 consisted of a ground and an upper floor. The ground floor consisted of a small room to the south of the main room.

This communicated with a neighbouring room of passage in its north-west corner with the atrium of the Casa del Laocoonte, and by a wooden staircase to the upper floor. There were another two rooms on the upper floor. Mau observed there may have been another room on the upper floor, at one time in direct communication with the neighbouring room, but then had been walled up.

See Della Corte, M., 1965. Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.90)

 

According to Garcia y Garcia, this was a real gambling den of the Roman period.

It was nearly completely destroyed by the nocturnal bombing of the 16th September 1943, with the ruin of the upper floor and nearly total loss of the decoration in IVth Style, which had previously been well preserved. 

See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.90-1, incl. figs 188-192)

 

 

 

 

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