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Reg VIII, Ins 2

General Description

House of the Geometric Mosaics Sarno Baths Reg VIII, Ins 2 lies along the southern boundary of Regio VIII overlooking the Sarno valley to the south.

The insula contains mostly domestic properties commanding spectacular views, but it also contains several shops and, more importantly, the three administrative buildings comprising the Hall of the Aediles, the Curia and the Hall of the Duoviri. Of the properties in the insula, the House of the Geometric Mosaics and the Sarno Baths are examined here in detail.


Plan of the Insula..


.,,,i..Key:
.....A. House of the Geometric Mosaics
     B. Sarno Baths

Full List of Properties

Door
No.
Property
Name or Description
Area (Sq.m)
No of Rooms
Description,
Decoration and Comments
1,2
House of Championnet I 665 12 Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium. Impluvium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Some surviving decoration and mosaic paving. Stairs down. Second entrance off passageway at No.2. Ruinous state.
3,4 House of Championnet II 617 12 Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium. Impluvium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Some surviving mosaic paving. Stairs down. Ruinous condition.
5 Unnamed house 308 11 Irregular plan. Ruinous condition.
6 Hall of the Aediles 198 1 Substantial brick shell. No surviving decoration.
7 Alley N/A N/A Linked to Nos.14-16.
8 Curia 198 1 Substantial brick and masonry shell. No surviving decoration.
9 Passageway N/A N/A Stairs up.
10 Hall of the Duoviri 182 1 Substantial brick and masonry shell. No surviving decoration.
11
Stairs up N/A N/A Stairs to upper area of forum.
12,13 Unnamed house 440 13 Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium with stairs up. Impluvium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Little surviving decoration. Some masaic paving. Side/rear entry at No.12. Ruinous state.
14-16 House of the Geometric Mosaics 2211 30+ Standard double atria/garden plan. Two houses merged into one. 2 atria, etc. Stairs up off southern peristyle. Large amount of mosaic paving. Little/no wall decoration. Ruinous state.
15 Shop 14 1 Undecorated single room. Stairs up. Ruinous state.
17-21
Sarno Baths 1815 20+ Stairs down. Little surviving decoration. Substantial masonry on southern side of complex. Ruinous condition.
19 Shop 11 1 Undecorated single room. Linked to Sarno Baths. Ruinous state.
22,23 Unnamed house 690 12 Irregular plan. Substantial mosaic pavements. Third style decoration.
24 Caupona 48 2 Masonry counter. Linked to Nos.22 and 23. Side room. Ruinous condition.
25 Street altar N/A N/A Altar in arched recess.
26,27 House of Verbinus 520 14 Irregular plan. Mosaic of boar at entrance. Some surviving third style decoration. Stairs down at No.27. Substantial masonry underpinings.
28 Unnamed house 509 13 Fairly standard atrium/garden plan. Nymphaeum in grotto. Little surviving decoration. Masonry underpinings.
29,30 House of Severus 1388 24 Standard double atria/garden plan. Two houses merged into one. 2 atria, etc. Stairs down. Some surviving mosaic paving. Ruinous condition.
31 Shop 13 1 Undecorated single room. Ruinous condition.
32 Alley N/A N/A To lower levels of Nos.33 and 34.
34,33 House of the Doves 863 17 Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium with stairs down. Tablinum. Peristyle. Little survivng decoration and mosaic paving. Ruinous state.
35 Shop 24 1 Undecorated single room. Stairs up. Ruinous state.
36,37
House of Caecilius Phoebus 1049 10+ Irregular plan. Stairs up. Stairs down. Little/no surviving decoration. Ruinous condition.
38 Shop 21 2 Undecorated. Back room with stairs up. Ruinous state.
39 House of Emperor Joseph II 1012 18 Standard atrium/garden plan. Atrium. Impluvium. Tablinum. Peristyle. Stairs down to lower levels. Some surviving decoration. 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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