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House of Adonis

Description of the House (Reg VI, Ins 7, 18)

The house, first excavated in the 1830's, is situated on the west side of the Via di Mercurio. The picture below is of the Via di Mercurio, looking north towards Vesuvius, with the entrance to the house in the centre of the photograph.
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Little remains of the tablinum (D) which overlooked the peristyle (H) to the west. The peristyle, which was accessed via a corridor to the north of the tablinum, is porticoed on its east and south sides and has a small central garden with a marble lined fountain.
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The three rooms which open off the south side of the peristyle are in varying states of preservation. Oecus (E), with rather faded frescoes, is decorated in the fourth style with white panels
containing central vignettes separated by architectural motifs above a lower decorative frieze. 
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The central room, oecus (F) whose frescoes retain much of their colour and vibrancy is decorated in the fourth style with red and yellow panels containing mythological scenes separated by architectural themes above a lower blue frieze. The eastern wall, pictured below with a reproduction of part of the fresco by C.I. Gustaf (1884) pictured right, contains a central scene of the Toilet of Hermaphrodite (lower right).
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The entrance (A) opens onto a rectangular atrium (B) which has a central impluvium, with rooms off three sides. The atrium (pictured lower left) and the rooms along its southern side sustained a considerable amount of damage and are now in a semi-ruinous state.

Cubiculum (C) in the north east corner of the atrium fared much better and retains much of its fourth style decoration. The decoration (below) consists of a red central zone topped with a cornice below a decorative upper zone on a white ground. The room has a white mosaic floor with a double lined black border.
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The third room (G), the triclinium, is in a very poor state of preservation with only its southern wall retaining some decorative detail and plaster remnants.

West of the triclinium is a narrow passageway (I) which once led to the small property immediately to the south (Reg VI, Ins 7, 1-2), but access was blocked off at some time prior to the eruption.

On the north side of the peristyle is a large fresco which takes up almost the entire wall of the garden. The fresco is composed of three sections separated by red painted columns.

The central scene, after which the house was named, depicts Adonis with Venus and Cupids (pictured left). The two side panels are more faded, but the eastern scene may be of Eros surrounded by birdlife.



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Images ©Jackie and Bob Dunn are reproduced by permission from their website at www.pompeiiinpictures.com
(Su concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali: Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei)





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