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Herculaneum V.1. Casa Sannitica or Samnite House.

Excavated 1931-34.

 

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According to Pesando and Guidobaldi, this insula V. was excavated between 1931 and 1938.

At the junction of the Decumanus Maximus and Cardo IV superiore, between Ins. VI and V at the northern end, is the fountain of the bathing Venus, and one of the elevated pilasters connected to the aqueduct of Serino.

On top of this brick pilaster was a tank that served to regulate the pressure and distribution of water (a series of lead pipes are visible in the eastern pavement) while on the east side of the pilaster was painted the edict of an aedile, renewing a previous disposition that prohibited discharging excrement at this place, and threatening a penalty of one denarius for offenders if they were freed men, or a whipping if they were slaves.

Another elevated pilaster leans against the Samnite House on Decumanus Inferiore.

See Pesando, F. and Guidobaldi, M.P. (2006). Pompei, Oplontis, Ercolano, Stabiae. Editori Laterza, (p.344)

 

Maiuri wrote, this house preserves more than any other, the architecture and structure of the Samnite type of dwelling at Herculaneum.

The house, deprived of the garden that once must have belonged to it, has few rooms on the ground floor but all are decorated with a certain finesse.

At the rear of the tablinum would have been the peristyle garden, but this area was taken from the house for the building of the House of the Grand Portal (V.35), and the House with garden (V.33).

See Maiuri, Amedeo, (1977). Herculaneum. 7th English ed, of Guide books to the Museums Galleries and Monuments of Italy, No.53 (p.41).

 

Wallace-Hadrill described this house as No. 2 being stairs from street, linked to No.1, a handsome atrium with upper colonnade, 5 reception and 4 service rooms, stairs up. Style I decoration in fauces, elegant Style IV in atrium and all reception rooms, including one mythological. House previously led to a peristyle, now imbedded in No.35. The handsome redecoration belongs to the present phase without the peristyle.

See Wallace-Hadrill, A., 1994. Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum. New Jersey: Princeton U.P. (p. 201)

 

Decumanus Inferiore, looking east from junction with Cardo IV, September 2015. 
Ins. V 1 is on the left, Ins. IV 10 is on the right. At the end of the roadway, the two columns at the entrance to the Palestra can be seen on Cardo V at Ins. Orientalis II, 4.

Decumanus Inferiore, Herculaneum. Looking east from junction with Cardo IV, September 2015.

Ins. V 1 is on the left, Ins. IV 10 is on the right.

At the end of the roadway, the two columns at the entrance to the Palaestra can be seen on Cardo V at Ins. Orientalis II, 4.

 

Decumanus Inferiore, Herculaneum. September 2015. Looking east along façade of V.1 towards pavement outside of V.35. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

Decumanus Inferiore, Herculaneum. September 2015.

Looking east along façade of V.1 towards pavement outside of V.35.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

Decumanus Inferiore, Herculaneum. September 2015. Looking west along façade of V.1, towards remains of water tower, on corner with Cardo IV.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

Decumanus Inferiore, Herculaneum. September 2015.

Looking west along façade of V.1, towards remains of water tower, on corner with Cardo IV.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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Looking east along Decumanus Inferior, Herculaneum, from crossroads with Cardo IV Inferiore and Superiore.

Looking towards Ins. V on left, and Ins. IV on right. May 2010.

 

V.1, water tower for regulating the pressure and distribution of water, on the corner of Decumanus Inferiore, Herculaneum.  Looking east from junction with Cardo IV, September 2015.

V.1, water tower for regulating the pressure and distribution of water, on the corner of Decumanus Inferiore, Herculaneum.

Looking east from junction with Cardo IV, September 2015.

 

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V.1 Herculaneum, May 2001. Looking east towards water tower on the corner of Decumanus Inferiore.

Photo courtesy of Current Archaeology.

 

Cardo IV Inferiore, looking south from junction with Decumanus Inferiore, September 2015.

Cardo IV Inferiore, looking south from junction with Decumanus Inferiore, Herculaneum.

September 2015.

 

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V. 1. Herculaneum. May 2010. Entrance doorway to the Samnite House.

 

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V.1. Herculaneum. May 2010. The Samnite House.

 

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V.1. Herculaneum. May 2010. Painted plaster from exterior corner of The Samnite House.

 

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V.1. Herculaneum. May 2010. The Samnite House.

 

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V.1. Herculaneum. May 2010. The Samnite House, pavement and road outside.

 

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V.1. Herculaneum, May 2010. Pavement outside The Samnite House, on south side of Cardo IV Superiore.

 

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V.1. Herculaneum. May 2010. Pavement edging outside The Samnite House,

 

V.1, Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking north along east side of Cardo IV.
Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.1, Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking north along east side of Cardo IV.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking north-east towards entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking north-east towards entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Ins. V 1, Herculaneum, September 2015. Entrance doorway.

V 1, Herculaneum, September 2015. Entrance doorway.

 

V.1,Herculaneum,  October 2014. Looking east to entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.1,Herculaneum,  October 2014. Looking east to entrance doorway.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.
The door jambs in opus quadratum are topped with Corinthian capitals.

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

The door jambs in opus quadratum are topped with Corinthian capitals.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. May 2011. Identification name plate, on north side of entrance doorway.
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.1 Herculaneum. May 2011. Identification name plate, on north side of entrance doorway.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Detail of upper entrance doorway, with capitals. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Detail of upper entrance doorway, with capitals.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.1 Herculaneum. May 2010. North end of door portal.

 

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V.1 Herculaneum. May 2010. Tufa capital from entrance doorway at north end.

 

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V.1 Herculaneum. May 2010. South end of door portal.

 

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V.1 Herculaneum. May 2010. Tufa capital from entrance doorway at south end.

 

V.1. May 2010.  The Samnite House doorway, with a floor of opus signinum in the entrance corridor.

V.1. Herculaneum. May 2010. The Samnite House doorway, with a floor of opus signinum in the entrance corridor.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. 
Looking east towards atrium across opus signinum flooring in entrance corridor, consisting of a scale pattern in white tesserae. 
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013.

Looking east towards atrium across opus signinum flooring in entrance corridor, consisting of a scale pattern in white tesserae.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. May 2011.  
Looking west across opus signinum flooring in entrance corridor towards doorway. 
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

V.1 Herculaneum. May 2011.  

Looking west across opus signinum flooring in entrance corridor towards doorway.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

V.1 Herculaneum, September 2016. Looking east from entrance corridor across atrium. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.1 Herculaneum, September 2016. Looking east from entrance corridor across atrium. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking east from entrance corridor towards atrium. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking east from entrance corridor towards atrium. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.1, Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking east from entrance corridor towards atrium.  Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.1, Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking east from entrance corridor towards atrium.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. North wall of entrance corridor. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. North wall of entrance corridor. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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V.1 Herculaneum. May 2010. North wall of entrance corridor.

 

Ins V.1 Herculaneum, 1961. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J61f0587

V.1 Herculaneum, 1961. North wall of entrance corridor.

Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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Ins. V.1, Herculaneum. 1961.   Looking across atrium from entrance corridor. Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.
Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details. J61f0588

V.1, Herculaneum. 1961. Looking east across atrium from entrance corridor.

Photo by Stanley A. Jashemski.

Source: The Wilhelmina and Stanley A. Jashemski archive in the University of Maryland Library, Special Collections (See collection page) and made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial License v.4. See Licence and use details.

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V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking east across atrium, from entrance corridor. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking east across atrium, from entrance corridor.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.1, Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking east along south side of entrance corridor.
Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.1, Herculaneum, October 2014. Looking east along south side of entrance corridor.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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V.1 Herculaneum. May 2010. Looking towards south wall from entrance.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. May 2010. South wall of entrance corridor, or fauces.

V.1 Herculaneum. May 2010. South wall of entrance corridor, or fauces.

 

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking west along south wall of entrance corridor. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

V.1 Herculaneum. August 2013. Looking west along south wall of entrance corridor from atrium.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

V.1, Herculaneum, October 2014. Ceiling of entrance corridor, looking east from entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

V.1, Herculaneum, October 2014. Ceiling of entrance corridor, looking east from entrance doorway.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

 

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