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Reg VI, Ins 10

General Description

House of Zephyr and Flora Reg VI, Ins 10 lies along the southern boundary of Regio VI as delineated by the Via della Fortuna. To the north it is bound by the Vico di Mercurio, to the east by the Vico del Fauno and to the west by the Via di Mercurio.

The insula contains a mix of shops and domestic properties. The Osteria della Via di Mercurio is a good example of a caupona with some good quality frescoes. Of the properties in the insula, the House of Zephyr and Flora has been selected to be examined here in more detail.

Plan of the Insula..


......................A. House of Zephyr and Flora

Full List of Properties

Name or Description
Area (Sq.m)
No of Rooms
Decoration and Comments
Osteria della Via di Mercurio 48 4 Caupona. Masonry counter with marble top. Extensive third style decoration. Side entrance at No.19.
House of the Five Skeletons 288 9 Irregular plan. Atrium. Marble lined impluvium. Tablinum. Once had decorated facade, now indistinct. Traces of mosaic paving. Damaged during WW2. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
Unnamed house 187 6 Main entrance at No.4. Irregular plan. Atrium. Rear entrance at No.18. Plaster remnants. Linked caupona at No.3. Ruinous state.
5 Shop 24 2 Shop with back room. Ruinous state.
6,17 House of Pomponius 498 10 Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium. Impluvium. Tablinum. Large peristyle with 3 sided colonnade. Stairs up. Little surviving decoration. Rear entrance at No.17. Ruinous state.
7,16 House of the Black Anchor 710 12 Fairly standard atrium/garden plan with peristyle offset to south. Atrium. Impluvium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Some surviving decoration and mosaic pavement. Rear entrance at No.16. Semi-ruinous.
House of Zephyr and Flora
638 10 No.11 main entrance. Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium. Tablinum. Peristyle with 1 sided colonnade. Fourth style decoration in 6 rooms. Mosaic pavements in 3. Side entrances at Nos.8 and 9.
Shop 32 1 Single room. No decoration. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
12 Shop 31 1 Single room. No decoration. Ruinous state.
13 Shop 30 1 Single room. No decoration. Plaster remnants. Niche on rear wall. Ruinous state.
14 Unnamed house 266 9 Atrium. Impluvium. Triclinium. No surviving decoration. Stairs up at rear. Plaster remnants. Ruinous state.
15 Shop 49 1 Single room. No decoration. 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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