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Regio V - Insula II - Caseggiato V,II,12

A small building, measuring 7.50 x 14. In the facade are two doors and a window. There was no upper floor. The walls of room 1 were decorated with panels and bands in yellow and red on a white background. The room has a brick floor. Originally there was only a pier at the west end. Later a wall was added. Room 2 is an east-west running passage in the south part of the building. Rooms 3 and 4 are separated by a pier. In the north wall of 3 a secondary door leads to V,II,11. The paintings on the walls of the room are identical to those in room 1, but include green festoons. In the north wall of room 4 is a secondary window. On the walls are paintings imitating marble.

The oldest masonry is Severan (opus latericium and mixtum). Later, but at an unknown date, the wall between rooms 1 and 3 was added (opus mixtum). In the second half of the fourth century a pier was added in room 3 (opus vittatum) and the room may now have had a roof for the first time. Simultaneously the connection with building 11 may have been realized. The courtyard of building 11 became a light-well for building 12 as well.

According to Boersma the building originally had a commercial function, and later became a house. The domestic function is certainly suggested by the paintings.



Plan of the building.
North is to the left.
Boersma 1985, fig. 77.

[jthb - 27-Jan-2005]