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Insula VI

General Description


Insula VI stretches northwards from the Lower Decumanus to the Decumanus Maximus, bounded to west and east by Cardos III and IV respectively. Like the other insulae in Herculaneum, Insula VI is divided in two from east to west, then subdivided into individual properties. This block contains several important buildings including the Central Thermae which occupies the southern half of the insula, the House of the Black Hall, the College of the Augustales, the House of the Tuscan Colonnade and the House of the Double Atrium.

The expanded view below shows the relative position of all featured buildings in the insula.


Central Thermae House of the Black Hall House of the Tuscan Colonnade College of the Augustali House of the Double Atrium 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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College of the Augustali - interior view.
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................Key:
.. ....................................A. Central Thermae........................................B. House of the Black Hall
.......................................C. House of the Tuscan Colonnade.............D. College of the Augustales
.......................................E. House of the Double Atrium


Full List of Properties

Door No. Property
Name or Description
Area (sq.m) No of Rooms Description,
Decoration and Comments
1,4-10
Central Thermae 2310 30+ 2 bath suites, one male, one female with separate facilities including apodyteria, tepidaria and caldaria. The men's facilities also include a frigidarium. The thermae also have a joint open palaestra.
2-3 Hospitium 153
11 Property of indeterminate use. Ruinous state. Plaster remnants.
12 Shop 30 2 Undecorated blacksmith shop with back room and stairs up. Smelting crucible, lead ingots, sections of piping, a bronze candelabrum, and a statuette in shop.
13, 11 House of the Black Hall 395 13 Atrium (off No.13). Peristyle. 10 reception rooms, 3 service rooms. Extensive fourth style decoration in tablinum, peristyle and surrounding rooms. Small lararium. Posticum at No.11.
14 Shop 10 1 Undecorated single room with stairs up. Exterior decoration displaying price of drinks.
15 Shop 10 1 Undecorated single room with stairs up.
16-18
& 26-27
House of the Tuscan Colonnade 385 14 Atrium. Peristyle with Tuscan columns. 7 reception rooms, 3 service rooms. Extensive third and fourth style decoration coupled with mosaic flooring. Nos.16 and 18 are shops linked with the atrium. Posticum at No.26. Stairs up at No.27.
19 Shop 25 1 Undecorated single room. Storage jars.
20 Shop 20 1 Undecorated single room.
21-24
College of the Augustales 155 3 Large hall with central sacellum and 2 side rooms. Extensive fourth style decoration in sacellum including fine mythological panels. Flooring of opus sectile.
25
Shop 15 1 Undecorated single room with stairs up.
28-29
House of the Double Atrium 250 9 Columned Atrium (off No.29). Second atrium serving as peristyle. 7 reception rooms, 2 service rooms. Extensive fourth style decoration. Stairs up at No.28.
30 Workshop
28 2 2 rooms. Plaster remnants. Perhaps a fullonica.

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 five 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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