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Herculaneum Ins. Or. II.4. Entrance to the large vestibule of the Palaestra, and the area at its rear.

Excavated 1933-54.

 

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The Palaestra, still unexcavated.

 

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Ins. Or. II. September 2004. Looking south-east across the west portico of the Palaestra.

 

Ins. Or. II, Herculaneum, 1975. Looking towards the entrance to the Palestra, a cross from the steps down from the portico. 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. J75f0711

Ins. Or. II, Herculaneum, 1975. Looking south along the west portico.

Looking towards the entrance to the still unexcavated part of the Palaestra, on left.

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 Or II, 4, Herculaneum. December 2004. 
Looking across west portico towards entrance to the still unexcavated part of the Palaestra, centre left.
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

Ins. Or. II.4, Herculaneum. December 2004.

Looking across west portico towards entrance to the still unexcavated part of the Palaestra, centre left.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Monteix.

 

Ins. Orientalis II 4, Herculaneum, October 2012. Looking into the cavern, which would have been the site of the playing field of the Palaestra. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.
According to Deiss, 
“In the centre of the field was a swimming pool in the form of a cross, some 160 feet in length and with an intersecting arm of 100 feet. At the ends were fountain jets. In the centre was a giant bronze serpent, coiled on the limbs of a tree, and from whose five crowned heads water sprayed into the pool. The serpent, which was overlooked by the Bourbons, has been restored to its commanding position. The mountain of hard mud has not been removed from above the cruciform pool, but merely hollowed out like a cavern over the central portion.”
See Deiss, J.J. (1968). Herculaneum: a city returns to the sun. London, History Book Club, (p.128).

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, October 2012.

Looking into the cavern, which would have been the site of the playing field of the Palaestra.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

According to Deiss,

“In the centre of the field was a swimming pool in the form of a cross, some 160 feet in length and with an intersecting arm of 100 feet.

At the ends were fountain jets. In the centre was a giant bronze serpent, coiled on the limbs of a tree, and from whose five crowned heads water sprayed into the pool. The serpent, which was overlooked by the Bourbons, has been restored to its commanding position.

The mountain of hard mud has not been removed from above the cruciform pool, but merely hollowed out like a cavern over the central portion.”

See Deiss, J.J. (1968). Herculaneum: a city returns to the sun. London, History Book Club, (p.128).

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011.  
Looking into the cavern, which would have been the site of the playing field of the Palaestra. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011.  

Looking into the cavern, which would have been the site of the playing field of the Palaestra.

Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013. A chunk of marble flooring found scattered in the alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Detail from mosaic flooring.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, October 2012. A chunk of mosaic flooring. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. A chunk of mosaic flooring. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. A chunk of mosaic flooring. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, October 2012. A chunk of mosaic flooring. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. A chunk of mosaic flooring. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. A chunk of mosaic flooring. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Detail from mosaic flooring. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Ins. Orientalis II 4, Herculaneum, September 2016. Bronze fountain depicting Hydra.
Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, September 2016. Bronze fountain depicting Hydra.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

Ins. Orientalis II 4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Reproduction of a bronze fountain depicting Hydra, a large many-headed serpent spirally entwined around the trunk of a tree.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013.

Reproduction of a bronze fountain depicting Hydra, a large many-headed serpent spirally entwined around the trunk of a tree.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Ins. Orientalis II 4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Detail of bronze fountain of Hydra, water would have sprayed from the head of the serpent and flowed into the bowl below it.. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013.

Detail of bronze fountain of Hydra, water would have sprayed from the head of the serpent and flowed into the bowl below it.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, October 2012. Reproduction of a bronze fountain depicting Hydra.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, October 2012. Reproduction of a bronze fountain depicting Hydra.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Reproduction of a bronze fountain depicting Hydra.
Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Reproduction of a bronze fountain depicting Hydra.

Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

Ins. Or. II.4, Herculaneum. 1975. Bronze serpent with five heads which sprayed water into the palestra’s swimming pool. 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. J75f0691

Ins. Or. II.4, Herculaneum. 1975.

Bronze serpent with five heads which sprayed water into the palaestra’s swimming pool.

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. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, October 2012. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

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Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, October 2012. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. Tunnels hewn out of the hard alluvial debris.

Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

Ins. Orientalis II 4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Looking west from exit doorway of the unexcavated, towards rooms on either side of apsed room. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013.

Looking west from exit doorway of the unexcavated palaestra, towards rooms on either side of apsed room.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011.  
Looking north-west from exit doorway of the unexcavated palaestra, towards rooms on loggia on north side, with modern Ercolano towering above. Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, June 2011. 

Looking north-west from exit doorway of the unexcavated palaestra, towards rooms on loggia on north side, with modern Ercolano towering above.

Photo courtesy of Sera Baker.

 

Ins. Orientalis II 4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Looking towards south end of portico.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, August 2013. Looking towards south end of west portico.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, September 2015.

Looking north along west portico, from near east end of large entrance hall.

 

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, September 2015. Looking west across large entrance hall towards vestibule, and exit.

 

Ins. Orientalis II 4, Herculaneum, September 2015.Exit from palaestra onto Cardo V.
Looking west along Decumanus Inferiore, ahead.

Ins. Orientalis II.4, Herculaneum, September 2015. Exit from palaestra onto Cardo V.

Looking west along Decumanus Inferiore, ahead.

 

 

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