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House of the Corinthian Atrium

Description of the House (Ins V, 30)

The House of the Corinthian Atrium lies about midway along Insula V on the west side of Cardo IV. The fauces (a) opens onto the 'Corinthian Atrium' (b), a small peristyle and the only circulation space in the house. The peristyle consists of six tufa columns covered with red and white stucco, surmounted by Corinthian capitals.
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In the north west corner of the peristyle is the tablinum (d) (pictured below with a detail from the fresco on the north wall lower right). Like the rest of the house, the tablinum is decorated in the fourth style, in this instance with architectural features on a black ground.
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peristyle, which has rooms off all but its northern side, is decorated in the fourth style with red and black panels above a lower black frieze (pictured below and lower left). The upper zone is decorated with architectural motifs on a white ground. In the centre of the peristyle is a small marble cruciform fountain. jjj 
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To the north of the entrance is a cubiculum (c) which is decorated in the fourth style (pictured below) with orange panels separated by columns above a lower red decorative frieze. The upper zone has a white ground and features architectural themes.

The room has a geometric mosaic floor in black and white with a central polychrome square (pictured left)
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Immediately to the south of the tablinum is a small cubiculum (e). The cubiculum is decorated in the fourth style with orange panels bordered in red (pictured left). The central panel of each wall contains a naval scene.
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The oecus (f) on the south side of the peristyle is decorated in the fourth style with orange and blue panels separated by fantastic illusionary architecture. The room has a partly vaulted ceiling decorated in the fourth style on a white ground (pictured above).

The kitchen (g) (pictured left) off the south east corner of the peristyle has a flight of stairs to the upper floor.


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