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Regio III - Insula II - Domus sul Decumano (III,II,3)

The House on the Decumanus was installed in the fourth century (opus vittatum) in a number of shops with backrooms behind a portico, dated to c. 210-235 AD (opus latericium).

The main entrance leads to room A, in the former porticus (some late walls in the porticus have disappeared). In the porticus is a sarcophagus with holes, that indicate that it was used as basin or fountain. Only a few changes were made to the shops and backrooms. Rooms C, E and F have floors of bipedales. A door in the east wall of room G was blocked. This room was heated, witness terracotta pipes in the east and south wall, and suspensurae. The door in the north wall has a marble threshold. The room had a marble floor.

Corridor B leads to room I. In front of the east wall is a basin, lined with marble. Perhaps there were niches above. Along three marble treads room L could be reached. In the entrance are two marble columns. The walls were covered with marble. To the south-west of the room is a staircase.

A door in the north wall of room I, leading to Caseggiato III,II,4, was blocked. The masonry was set against a cult-niche in the western door jamb.

Plan of the house

Plan of the house. From Becatti 1949, fig. 7.

Photographs



The sarcophagus used as basin or fountain in the porticus. Photograph: Eric Taylor.


Room L seen from the east. Photograph: Eric Taylor.


The basin set against the east wall of room I. Photograph: Eric Taylor.


The blocked cult-niche in a door-jamb.
Photograph: Jan Theo Bakker.

[jthb - 29-Aug-2003]