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Reg I, Ins 10

General Description

House of Menander House of the Cabinet Maker House of the Lovers Reg I, Ins 10 is an internal block in Regio I, lying to the south of Insula 4, on the Via del Cryptoportico. The insula has sustained considerable damage in the past and many of the properties are in a semi-ruinous condition.

The insula is a mixed development with commercial and domestic properties sharing the block.The most prestigious house in the insula is the House of Menander, a large meandering building occupying over 1800 sq.m. The house is an impressive property and well worth a visit.

Plan of the Insula

                   A. House of Menander

                   B. House of the Cabinet Maker
                   C. House of the Lovers

Full List of Properties

Name or Description
Area (sq.m.)
No of rooms
Decoration and Comments
Taberna 96 6 Vestibule with third style decoration on a red ground. Stairs up. Reconstructed balcony overlooking Via dell'Abondanza.
Thermopolium of Prima 21 3 Undecorated. Remains of counter. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state. Linked to No.3.
3 Unnamed house 85 6 Vestibule. Tablinum. Little remaining decoration. Niche with altar, snake, two Lares and the inscription 'Felix aeris IV as, Florus X'. Semi-ruinous.
House of Menander 1825 40+ Large rambling property. Main area has standard atrium/garden layout. Atrium. Tablinum. Peristyle with central garden. Bath suite off peristyle. Mainly fourth style decoration. Stables at No.14. Posticum at No.15. No.16 enters another atrium area linked to shop at No.17.
Workshop 34 3 Undecorated workshop. Back room. Plaster remnants. Stairs up at No.5.
House of the Cabinet Maker
309 8 Fairly standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Rooms on west side of atrium only. Marble table in the atrium. Remnants of third style decoration. Painting of Daedalus and Icarus. Stairs up.
House of Minucii Fuscus 284 10 Atrium. Rooms off east side of atrium only. Traces of fourth style decoration. Poor state of preservation.
Taberna 10 1 Undecorated single room. Plaster remnants.
10 Shop 32 1 Undecorated single room. Plaster remnants. Linked to No.11.
11 House of the Lovers 431 17 Standard atrium/peristyle plan. Atrium leads directly to peristyle which is on two levels and has rooms off on three sides. Fourth style decoration. House named after writing in peristyle - 'Lovers, like bees, make life as sweet as honey'.
Workshop 28 1 Undecorated single room. Plaster remnants.
Shop 29 1 Undecorated single room. Remains of counter.
18 House of Aufidius Primus 126 10 Atrium with rooms off. Second floor overhangs entrance. Little decoration. Plaster remnants. Poor general state of repair.

Tour of the Insula

To examine a featured building in more detail, select it from the above list. Where there is more than one property of interest in the insula, 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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