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Regio V - Insula II - Caseggiato V,II,3

This seems to have been an apartment house. From the street corridor 1, room 2 with backroom 4, and staircase 3 could be reached. In the entrance to room 2 is a shop-threshold. Next to the entrance is a basin. Room 5, perhaps a workshop, was entered from the corridor.

In the central part of the building is courtyard 7 with portico 6. In the west part of the courtyard are a staircase and a well with a travertine well-head. Another staircase was found in the portico. From the flights of the staircases can be deduced, that there were at least two upper floors.

Plan of the building. Boersma 1985, fig. 27.

A door at the east end of the portico leads to room 8, that received light from the courtyard, through windows, like room 9. In the east part of the building are rooms 10, 11, and 12, that must have been quite dark The walls of rooms 8-12 were painted. Festoons and floral motifs can be recognized. The floors were decorated with black-and-white mosaics. The decoration suggests, that this part of the building had a domestic function.

The oldest masonry is Trajanic, but a major rebuilding took place in the Severan period. The second upper floor was added c. 250 AD, when the staircase in the courtyard was built, piers were added, and existing piers reinforced. Final modifications have been dated to the later part of the fourth century.

Photographs and drawings

Reconstruction drawing of the building, seen from the north-east. Boersma 1985, fig. 130.

East part (room 8) from the north-west. Photograph: Jan Theo Bakker.

Central part (courtyard 7 and corridor 6) from the west.
Photograph: Jan Theo Bakker.

[ jthb - 27-Jan-2005]