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Domus Pompeiana - Houses, Pompeii: 12 reviews and 18 photos


Pompeii has many houses (domus) that are fascinating to explore. Some of them are very large and well preserved with re-created roofs, gardens, original mosaics and wall paintings. They are creatively named for some outstanding feature - such as a mosaic or painting - found in each structure. For instance, the House of the Wild Boar (above) has a large floor mosaic of a porcine creature being attacked by two dogs. The Villa of the Mysteries (not to be missed!) has an incredible fresco of what is thought to be the rites of a Dionysiac initiation.

It's a great idea to familiarize yourself with the general layout of a standard house, the terms used for the individual rooms, and what those rooms were used for. I'm including some websites that should give you a good start.


Website: http://www.vroma.org/~bmcmanus/house.html

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  • Updated Nov 21, 2011
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