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Regio IV - Insula IV - Caseggiato IV,IV,6

On the south side of Via del Tempio Rotondo is an apartment that is reminiscent of the medianum apartments. It was built during the reign of Alexander Severus (222-235 AD; opus latericium). It seems to have been destroyed by a fire at the end of the fourth century, witness the find of coins, melted together in the shape of a wooden box.

The plan reflects the location, at a street corner. Six shops face the street. In the north side and at the south-east corner are staircases flanked by a corridor. A long corridor (1) at the west end (w. 1.86) leads to the living quarters. At the south end of the corridor is a blocked doorway, leading to what seems to have been a courtyard.

Room 2 is a corridor or medianum, with three windows (w. 1.50) in the south facade. The two largest rooms, with wide entrances, are 4 and 8. Room 8 has a (blocked) window in the west wall. Room 9 may have been a kitchen with latrine. There are remains of plaster in rooms 4, 5 and 9, and in these same rooms black and white mosaic tesserae are scattered over the floor. To the south-east of the apartment is a third, external staircase.

Plan of the building. After SO I.

[jthb - 13-Aug-2020]