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House of P. Casca Longus

Description of the House (Reg I, Ins 6, 11)

The House of P. Casca Longus, which is situated on the Via dell' Abbondanza, is also known as the Casa dei Quadretti Teatrali. The house was first excavated in 1927 and derives its name from an inscription on a marble table tripod found in the neighbouring garden of Reg I, Ins 6, 8-9. Considering it too grand for that property, excavators attributed it to this house, creating a rather tenuous link to P. Casca Longus.
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The atrium itself (pictured above) is decorated in the third style with blue panels separated by black ornamental bands above a lower red frieze. Within the large panels are several small square theatrical scenes (pictured right with a detail below). The decoration appears to have been in a state of repair with several areas of patching while on the northern part of the west wall some of the blue panels have been replaced with yellow (pictured below).
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The black bands separating the main blue panels contain ornamental motifs and small interesting details such as that shown below. In the centre of the atrium, on the north side of the impluvium, is a terracotta puteal (visible in the picture above) decorated with lions heads; it was originally found in the ambulatory to the south.
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Several wooden chests and cupboards were found in the atrium. Along with a collection of bronze and ceramic vessels was a set of fine household silverware (pictured right), now to be seen in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.


Off the corridor to the west of the tablinum is the service area incorporating the kitchen (f) and latrine (g). To the south of the tablinum is an open area (j) which includes the ambulatory running along the north side of the garden. Opening off the east side of this area is the triclinium (i), which has little or no decoration. This room has a second doorway on its south wall.
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The fauces (a) opens off the south side of the Via dell' Abbondanza (pictured opposite and lower left). It is decorated in the third style with yellow central panels flanked by red side panels above a lower black decorated frieze. The side panels feature small landscapes while the upper zone consists of a layer of coarse gray plaster. The fauces leads directly to a large rectangular atrium (b) with rooms off three sides. In the centre of the atrium is an impluvium the base of which is decorated with coloured marbles (pictured below).
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The impluvium lies directly underneath its counterpart in the roof, the compluvium, which has recently been restored complete with its rainwater spouts (pictured opposite).

On the east and west sides of the atrium are a series of cubicula (c). The two cubicula on the east side are decorated in the third style, the decoration of the smaller of the two in the north east corner consisting of a central aedicula with floating swans in the side fields all on a black ground. The decoration in the larger cubiculum consists of flowers and floating figures on a purple ground.

The cubicula on the west side are also decorated in the third style, the decoration in both consisting of red panels on a black ground above a lower black frieze.

Completing the rooms ranged round the atrium is a
small storeroom (d) off the south east corner and in the centre of the south side, the tablinum (e). The tablinum is fully open on its north and south sides, thus providing a wide passageway from the atrium to the garden area. The room was undecorated at the time of the eruption.
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On the south side of the impluvium is the marble table tripod which gave the house its name (pictured below and lower left). The legs consist of a lion's foot topped with a lion's head with a square cap to support the marble table top. On the top of one of the legs is the legend P(UBLIUS) CASCA LONG(INUS).
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The room (h) opening off the west side of the open area is also lacking in decoration and appears to have been used latterly as a storeroom.


At the rear of the property is the garden area (k) which seems to have been abandoned prior to the eruption. To the east of the garden, are two rooms (l) and (m) both of which retain some of wall decoration, but appear to have been abandoned, possibly due to structural damage caused by the earthquake ten years previously...



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