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Insula V

General Description


Insula V lies to the north of Insula IV across the Lower Decumanus, stretching as far as Decumanus Maximus where it faces the Forum. It is bound to the west and east by Cardo IV and Cardo V respectively.

Featured houses in the insula include the Samnite House, the House of the Great Portal, the House of the Corinthian Atrium, the House of the Bicentenary, the House of the Beautiful Courtyard, the House of the Neptune Mosaic the House of the Carbonised Furniture and the House of the Wooden Sacellum. There are three other houses in the insula; the House of the Tailor and two as yet unnamed properties, but there is insufficient information on these at present to devote extended coverage.


Samnite House House of the Carbonised Furniture House of the Neptune Mosaic House of the Beautiful Courtyard House of the Bicentenary House of the Corinthian Atrium House of the Wooden Sacellum House of the Great Portal Insula II Insula III Insula IV Insula V Insula VI Insula VII Insula oI Insula oII Insula SD

Plan of the Insula

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House of the Carbonised Furniture - from Cardo IV.
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.............Key:

................................A. Samnite House....................i...............B. House of the Carbonised Furniture
................................C. House of the Neptune Mosaic...........D. House of the Beautiful Courtyard
................................E. House of the Bicentenary................j...F. House of the Coninthian Atrium
................................G. House of the Wooden Sacellum        H. House of the Great Portal


Full List of Properties

Door
No.
Property
Name or Description
Area (sq.m) No of Rooms Description,
Decoration and Comments
1-2
Samnite House 180 9 Atrium (off No.1) with upper colonnade. 5 reception rooms, 4 service rooms. First style decoration in entrance. Extensive fourth style decoration throughout rest of house. Original house much reduced in size with loss of peristyle (now in No.35). Stairs up at No.2.
3-4 House of the Tailor 230 12 Apartment at No.3. Peristyle. 7 rooms. Shop at No.4 with 4 additional rooms. Loom frame and weights in peristyle. Undecorated.
5 House of the Carbonised Furniture 215 10 Atrium. Garden court. 7 reception rooms, with Fourth style  decoration. 3 service rooms. Mosaic floor in tablinum. Couch in back reception room. Stairs up at entrance.
6-7 House of the Neptune Mosaic 220 14 Wineshop at No.6 with back room and stairs up to living area with balcony, kitchen and 2 rooms. Fourth style decoration. Wooden partition and wine rack in shop. Apartment at No.7. Atrium. Back court with triclinium. 5 reception rooms with fourth style decoration, 3 service rooms. Opus sectile floor in tablinum.
8
House of the Beautiful Courtyard 190 10 Courtyard with open stairs up. Ground floor 5 reception rooms with fourth style decoration. Kitchen. Upper floor 4 rooms with fourth style decoration. Balcony.
9-12
House of Apollo the Citharist
175 9 House at No.11. Atrium. Tablinum. 2 additional reception rooms. Decorated in fourth style throughout. 2 service rooms. Stairs up at entrance. Shop at Nos.9-10 with back room. Undecorated. Storage containers. Shop at No.12 with fourth style decoration linked to atrium.
13-14 Shop 25 6
Shop at No.13. Undecorated. Linked to No.14. Apartment at No.14 with stairs up. Extends over No.15. 5 rooms with fourth style decoration with lararium painting at top of stairs.
15-16 House of the Bicentenary 600 16 House at No.15. Atrium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Triclinium. 6 additional rooms. Fourth style decoration in atrium and tablinum. Stairs up with 3 additional rooms. Shop at No.16 with back room and stairs up to living area on upper floor. 2 rooms. Decorated.
17-18 Shop 40 5 Shop at No.17 with back room, both with fourth style decoration. Stairs up at No.18 to apartment. 3 rooms and balcony, all in the fourth style.
19-20
& 21-22
Shops and apartment 130 12 Shops at Nos.19-20 with interconnecting back rooms. Shop at No.21 with 2 back rooms and latrine. Amphorae and containers in shop. Stairs up at No.22 to apartment above. 4 rooms, with evidence of fourth style decoration.
23 Shop 20 1 Single room. Undecorated.
24 Unnamed house 110 7 Atrium. 6 rooms. No surviving decoration. Possibly linked to properties either side.
25 Shop 20 1 Single room. Undecorated.
26 Shop 10 1 Single room. Undecorated.
27 Taberna with apartment 90 4 Circulation space with 4 rooms. Undecorated.
28-29 Taberna 50 5 Shop at No.28 with back room. Undecorated. Stairs up at No.29 to apartment, probably extending above Nos.26-28.
30 House of the Corinthian Atrium 230 9 Peristyle (the Corinthian Atrium). 6 reception rooms all with fourth style decoration, 4 with mosaic floors. 3 undecorated service rooms with stairs up in kitchen.
31
House of the Wooden Sacellum 180 6 Atrium. 6 rooms with traces of first and third style decoration. Stairs up front and rear of atrium. Wooden shrine.
32
Shop 20 1 Single room. Undecorated.
33
House with garden plot 355 6 Circulation space with 6 rooms. Ruinous, with evidence of second style decoration in 1 room.
34
Shop 15 1 Single room. Undecorated.
35
House of the Great Portal 175 9 Circulation space and peristyle. 6 reception rooms, 5 with fourth style decoration. Triclinium. Opus sectile in cubiculum overlooking peristyle. 3 service rooms with stairs up in kitchen. Previously part of No.1-2.

The information in the above table is based, in part, on data published by Amedeo Maiuri (1958), supplemented by Cerulli Irelli (1974) and Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (1996).


Tour of the Insula

To examine any of the seven featured buildings in more detail, select the property from the above list. Each property is located within the insula and has its own individual plan and walk through. The buildings are arranged in order of reference number, which may not necessarily be the route chosen when actually visiting the site.




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