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Regio I - Insula IV - Casa di Bacco Fanciullo (I,IV,3)

The House of the Infant Bacchus is one of two Hadrianic medianum apartments to the west of the large garden in the Insula of the Paintings. The apartment received light and was accessible from the garden and from the apparently unpaved Via dei Dipinti to the west.

The medianum (16) is flanked by the representative rooms 13 and 20, that have high ceilings. An internal staircase in room 19 led to the first floor. Other apartments on the upper floors were reached via stairwell 22-23.



Plan of the houses in the block, Hadrianic phase.
Ground floor (top) and first floor (bottom).
North is to the left. DeLaine 1995, fig. 5,2.

In the later second century some modifications took place in rooms 15 and 17. The building was decorated with paintings comparable to those in the Domus di Giove e Ganimede (I,IV,2). Most are lost. In 1920 a picture could still be seen of Mercurius holding the child Hercules, which gave the building its name. On the floor of rooms 13, 15 and 16 are simple geometric black-and-white mosaics. In room 14 is a black-and-white mosaic of a kantharos with pigeons on the handles. The mosaics belong to the first, Hadrianic building phase.



Plan of the houses in the block, Severan period.
Ground floor (top) and first floor (bottom).
North is to the left. DeLaine 1995, fig. 5,4.

[jthb - 18-Mar-2006]