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Reg IX, Ins 7

General Description




House of Fortuna Reg IX, Ins 7 lies to the north of
the Via dell'Abbondanza, on the east side of the Vicolo di Tesmo. The insula is only partially excavated but appears to have sustained considerable damage in the past and most of properties are in a semi-ruinous or ruinous condition.

From the buildings excavated so for it would seem that the insula contains mostly commercial properties as noted in the detailed list below. Of the surviving buildings, the small House of Fortuna is examined here in detail.


Plan of the Insula..


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House of Fortuna

Full List of Properties

Door
No.
Property
Name or Description
Area (Sq.m)
No of Rooms
Description,
Decoration and Comments
1
House of Venus and the Four Gods
N/A
N/A
Taberna with painted facade showing Venus Pompeiana, the Four Gods and the procession of Cybele. Partially excavated.
2
Workshop
N/A
N/A
Workshop with remains of an upper storey overhanging the street. Aedicula on display incorporating four phallus. Partially excavated.
3 House of Sittius Coniunctus
N/A
N/A
Fauces excavated in 1912. Very little excavation carried out. Only facade visible now.
4 Shop
N/A N/A
Only frontage excavated. Some remaining graffiti.
5
Workshop of Verecundus
N/A
N/A
Frontage excavated in 1912. Workshop of a clothes manufacturer. Linked to No.6. Graffiti on facade.
6
House of Verecundus
N/A
N/A
House linked to shops Nos. 5 and 7. Painting on facade of Venus being pulled by elephants. Several references to Verecundus in graffiti on facade. Only frontage excavated.
7
Shop N/A
N/A
Frontage excavated in 1912. Linked to No.6. Painting on frontage of Mercury (now lost). Graffiti on facade.
8
Shop N/A N/A
Only frontage excavated in 1912.
9
House of Popidius Montanus
N/A
N/A
Partially excavated in 1912. Plaster cast of west front door on display. Some remaining graffiti.
10 Shop
N/A
N/A
Partially excavated in 1912.
11
Shop
N/A
N/A
Partially excavated in 1912.
12
Unnamed house
268
N/A
Partially excavated in 1867 and 1881. Fauces, atrium, triclinium. Some remaining fresco decoration. Semi ruinous state.
13
Thermopolium
18 1
Masonry counter with marble top. Blocked doorway to rear. Stairs up. Plaster remnants. Semi ruinous state.
14
Unknown
N/A N/A
Possible rear entrance to an unexcavated property.
15
Cella meretricia
N/A N/A
Only partially excavated.
16
House of A. Virnius Modestus
150+ 10+
Partially excavated (as far as the atrium) in 1867 and 1880. Fauces, atrium, triclinium. Some remaining fresco decoration. Semi-ruinous state.
17 Stairs to the upper floor
10 1 Stairs over latrine and cella meretricia.
18 Shop 23 2
Shop with room to rear. Plaster remnants. Ruinous condition.
19 Unnamed house
165+ 8+ Fauces. Atrium with impluvium. Triclinium. Some remaining fresco decoration. Only partially excavated. Semi-ruinous condition.
20
House of Fortuna
555+ 18+ Fauces. Atrium. Small and large triclinium. Peristyle with arches springing directly from columns. Fourth style decoration in three rooms. Large fountain in garden.
21-22 Caupona of Tertius
207 8 Tetrastyle atrium with impluvium. Stairs up. Garden area. Some remaining patches of decoration. Decorated lararium. Semi ruinous condition.
23
Caupona
44 2 Excavated in 1879. Narrow room to rear. Stairs up with latrine under stairs. No remaining decoration. Ruinous condition.
24
Thermopolium
13 1 First excavated in 1879. Linked to No.25.  Counter with marble facing and top. Niches on west wall. Plaster remnants. Ruinous condition.
25
Hospitium 289 12 Atrium with impluvium. Tablinum. Garden area. Some remaining fourth style decoration. Linked to No.24. Semi-ruinous condition.
26 Caupona 64+ 3+ Partially excavated in 1880. Graffiti found on facade (now lost). Ruinous condition.

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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