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Regio IV - Insula V - Domus dell'Aquila (IV,V,8)

The House of the Eagle was installed in the north-west corner of the Courtyard of Dionysus, c. 250 AD (opus latericium). In rooms C and F travertine columns of a republican domus were reused.

The main entrance leads from the courtyard to corridor A, which is the central and organizing room of the house. To the east is hall C, on the floor of which is a black-and-white mosaic with vegetative motifs and a head of Medusa (Gorgo). In cubiculum D are paintings with circles, belonging to the first building phase. The right wall was later repainted with red lines and a naked male figure. In cubiculum E is a black-and-white mosaic with wild animals attacking deer, naked figures (the seasons?), and in the centre the eagle which gave the building its name. On the walls are paintings imitating marble, from the late third or fourth century AD. In the east wall of room F is a semicircular wall-niche. The windows of the building have not been preserved (some walls reach a considerable height, but this is the result of modern restorations).



Plan of the house.
SO IV, fig. 67.

Photographs



The building seen from the south. In the foreground are rooms B, G, A and C.
Photograph: Jan Theo Bakker.



The mosaic in room C. SO IV, tav. 79.


The wall-painting with circles in room D. Photograph: Stephan Mols.


Detail of the wall-painting in room D. Photograph: Eric Taylor.


The repainting in room D. Photograph: Jan Theo Bakker.


Detail of the paintings in room E. Photograph: Eric Taylor.


Detail of the paintings in room E. Photograph: Eric Taylor.


Drawing of the mosaic in room E. SO IV, fig. 69.


Detail of the mosaic in room E. SO IV, tav. 87.


Detail of the eagle in room E. SO IV, tav. 87.

[jthb - 16-Apr-2006]