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Reg I, Ins 8

General Description

Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus House of the Four Styles Reg I, Ins 8 lies to the south of the Via dell'Abbondanza and to the north of the Via di Castricio approximately midway along the length of Regio I.

The insula contains a mix of commercial and domestic properties as can be seen from the detailed list below. The frontage along the Via dell'Abbondanza consists mostly of shops and bars while the south and west sides contain several industrial premises. The Thermopolium of
Vetutius Placidus is of particluar note and well worth a visit.

Plan of the Insula

...A. Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus.
...B. House of the Four Styles.

Full List of Properties

Name or Description
Area (sq.m.)
No of rooms
Decoration and Comments
Taberna Pomaria 45 2 Taberna with room to rear. Decorated counter. Niche on west wall. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
House of Stephanus 152 4
Atrium with impluvium and stairs up. No rooms on east side of atrium. Tablinum. Fourth style decoration in two rooms. Small peristyle.
3 Shop 14 1 Single room linked to No.2. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
4 Shop 18 1 Single room. linked to atrium of No.5. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
5 House of the Indian Statuette
350 11 Standard Atrium/tablinum/peristyle layout. Impluvium in atrium. Tablinum. Garden to rear. Ivory statuette of Indian origin found in chest.
Taberna 23 1 Taberna. No decoration. Linked to atrium of No.5. Ruinous state.
Taberna 23 1
Taberna with stairs up at rear. Niche on east wall. No decoration. Ruinous state.
Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus 293 10 Thermopolium with marble counter at No.8. Lararium on south wall. Room to rear decorated in the third style. Rear of bar opens onto an open area that links with the owners apartments. Tablinum and outdoor triclinium. Side entrance to apartments at No. 9. Extensive third style decoration throughout.
10 Hospitum of Pulcinella
203 6
Irregular layout. Small peristyle. Some surviving fourth style decoration. Painted lararium. Kitchen in basement. Ruinous state.
12 Stables 141 4 Stables. Skeleton of horse on display. No remaining decoration. Ruinous state.
13 Workshop and apartments
202 8
Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
14 House of Epidius Primus
200 10 Atrium with stairs up. Fourth style decoration in one room. Plaster remnants elsewhere. Small garden area. Find of household silver in vestibule. Ruinous state.
 15-16 Taberna and officina
178 9 Bar with counter. Niche in east wall. Workshop with kiln. Plaster remnants. Semi-ruinous state.
House of the Four Styles
Irregular plan with garden area offset to the east. Well preserved tetrastyle atrium with rooms on four sides. Central impluvium. Tablinum. A mix of all four styles of decoration throughout. Some mosaic paving. Peristyle to east. Posticum at No. 11 on north side of peristyle.
House of Balbus
Atrium with rooms on three sides. Some first style decoration - elsewhere plaster remnants. Small peristyle with stairs up. Ruinous state.
Workshop 355
Workshop partly underlying No.2. Equipment for dyeing of clothes. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.

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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