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House of Fabius Amandus

Description of the House (Reg I, Ins 7, 2-3)

The House of Fabius Amandus is located on the south side of the Via dell' Abbondanza just east of its junction with the Vicolo di Paquius Proculus. The facade of the building retains some of its original plasterwork. The house, first excavated in the early 1920's, was entered by way of the eastern of two side by side doorways. The western doorway gave access to a small room (c) which lay beneath the stairs leading from the atrium (b) to the upper floor. (The room was probably used by a weaver as evidenced by some carding combs found there).
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The fauces (a) (pictured right) is decorated in the fourth style with black panels on a yellow ground above a lower red frieze. The fauces, which has a door on its right side to the small room (c) beneath the stairs, gives access to a square atrium (b) which has an impluvium at its centre.
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The atrium, which has rooms only off its north and south sides, is decorated in the fourth style with red panels on a yellow ground separated by architectural vistas all above a lower red frieze. At the centre of the red panels are small landscapes.

Room (d) off the north east corner of the atrium is also decorated in the fourth style. The room has an elegant mosaic floor with a central decorative panel.

Room (e) off the south east corner of the atrium is probably a cubiculum. It has a window on its western side overlooking the small garden area (f).

The garden area is accessed off the atrium by way of a central doorway. A low wall (pictured left and below) separates the atrium from the garden area which acts as a light source for both the atrium and the rooms to the south.

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The garden area itself (pictured left) is also decorated in the fourth style with garden aspects above a lower black frieze.

Three further rooms and a second stairway to the upper floor open off the garden area.




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