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I.2.23 Pompeii. Taberna of Verecundus. Excavated 1872.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Looking north to entrance doorway, from across Vicolo del Conciapelle. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Looking north to entrance doorway, from across Vicolo del Conciapelle

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

According to Della Corte, it was a modest shop with rear and upstairs rooms, although its use was unknown.

He thought the owner of it was [Verec]un(d)us, as attested by the recommendation written to the left of the entrance  door:                          

L(ucium) Ceium Secundu(m)

II v(irum) i(ure) d(icundo)

[...]unus rog(at)     [CIL IV 3369]

See Della Corte, M., 1965.  Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.274)

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2005. Entrance doorway, looking north.

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2005. Entrance doorway, looking north.

Nothing now remains of the top of the doorway, but according to Warscher’s photo below, there would have been holes for supporting beams which would seem to indicate that there had been a balcony over the doorway.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. 1935 photo taken by Tatiana Warscher. Looking north towards entrance doorway at corner of insula. According to Warscher, quoting Fiorelli in Descrizione, (p.46), she described –
I.2.23 “Il lato dell’isola ha innanzi tutto una taberna divisa in due compresi, nel primo de’quali trovasi la scaletta del meniano con latrina di sotto; e nel secondo una cella rustica costeggiata da un passaggio, che serviva da apotheca e menava alla cucina”.
See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.37)
See Warscher T., 1935. Codex Topographicus Pompeianus: Regio I.2. (no.41) Rome: DAIR, whose copyright it remains.
(translation: I. 2.23 "The side of the insula had firstly a workshop divided into two rooms, in the first where the stairs to the upper floor with latrine below were found; and in the second a rustic room bordered by a corridor, which was used as a storeroom and led to the kitchen.”)

I.2.23 Pompeii. 1935 photo taken by Tatiana Warscher.

Looking north towards entrance doorway at corner of insula.

According to Warscher, quoting Fiorelli in Descrizione, (p.46), she described –

I.2.23 “Il lato dell’isola ha innanzi tutto una taberna divisa in due compresi, nel primo de’quali trovasi la scaletta del meniano con latrina di sotto; e nel secondo una cella rustica costeggiata da un passaggio, che serviva da apotheca e menava alla cucina”.

See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.37)

See Warscher T., 1935. Codex Topographicus Pompeianus: Regio I.2. (no.41) Rome: DAIR, whose copyright it remains.

(translation: I. 2.23 "The side of the insula had firstly a workshop divided into two rooms, in the first where the stairs to the upper floor with latrine below were found; and in the second a rustic room bordered by a corridor, which was used as a storeroom and led to the kitchen.”)

 

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I.2.23 Pompeii. 1935, taken by Tatiana Warscher. Looking north-west across fountain near I.5.2/3, towards entrance doorway of I.2.23 in Vicolo del Conciapelle. Warscher described it as – L’incroccio del vico di Tesmo con la via tertia. (translation: “The crossroads of the vicolo di Tesmo with the via tertia”.
See Warscher T., 1936. Codex Topographicus Pompeianus: Regio I.2, (no.42), Rome: DAIR, whose copyright it remains.

I.2.23 Pompeii. 1935, taken by Tatiana Warscher.

Looking north-west across fountain near I.5.2/3, towards entrance doorway of I.2.23 in Vicolo del Conciapelle.

Warscher described it as – L’incroccio del vico di Tesmo con la via tertia.

(translation: “The crossroads of the vicolo di Tesmo with the via tertia”.

See Warscher T., 1936. Codex Topographicus Pompeianus: Regio I.2, (no.42), Rome: DAIR, whose copyright it remains.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Looking north from entrance doorway towards corridor, on left, and small room, on right. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010.

Looking north from entrance doorway towards corridor, on left, and small room, on right.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. December 2006. Looking north towards small room (on right), and corridor (on left) leading to small kitchen area at rear of small room.

I.2.23 Pompeii. December 2006.

Looking north towards small room (on right), and corridor (on left) leading to small kitchen area.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Looking north into corridor, leading to kitchen area. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010.

Looking north into corridor, leading to kitchen area.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Looking north into small room off entrance area. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010.

Looking north into small room off entrance area.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. East wall of entrance area, with niche.  Photo courtesy of Drew Baker. According to Garcia y Garcia, the dividing wall of a rustic room in this area was destroyed due to the 1943 bombing.
See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.37)

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. East wall of entrance area, with niche.  Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

According to Garcia y Garcia, the dividing wall of a rustic room in this area was destroyed due to the 1943 bombing.

See Garcia y Garcia, L., 2006. Danni di guerra a Pompei. Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. (p.37)

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Detail of niche on east wall. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker. According to Boyce, in the east wall was an arched niche. See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.23, no.15)

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Detail of niche on east wall.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

According to Boyce, in the east wall was an arched niche.

See Boyce G. K., 1937. Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii. Rome: MAAR 14. (p.23, no.15)

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. West wall of entrance area.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

According to CTP, on the west of the entrance was a small staircase with latrine below, but only the low supporting wall remains.

See Van der Poel, H. B., 1986. Corpus Topographicum Pompeianum, Part IIIA. Austin: University of Texas. (p.4)

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Kitchen at end of corridor on east side, at the rear of the small room. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010.

Kitchen at end of corridor on east side, at the rear of the small room.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Detail of lower part of kitchen. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Detail of lower part of kitchen.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Detail of niche in north wall.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010. Looking south to entrance doorway on Vicolo del Conciapelle, from rear of corridor. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2010.

Looking south to entrance doorway on Vicolo del Conciapelle, from rear of corridor.

Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

 

I.2.22 Pompeii. September 2010. Looking north along Vicolo del Citarista towards doorway, on left. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

I.2.23 (side wall) Pompeii. September 2010.

Looking north along Vicolo del Citarista. Photo courtesy of Drew Baker.

 

Side wall of I.2.23. December 2006. Vicolo del Citarista looking north. I.19 unexcavated.

Side wall of I.2.23. December 2006. Vicolo del Citarista looking north. I.19 unexcavated.

 

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2005.  Vicolo del Citarista looking north.     I.19 unexcavated

I.2.23 Pompeii. September 2005.  Vicolo del Citarista looking north.     I.19 unexcavated

 

Vicolo del Citarista between I.2.23 and I.5, Pompeii. September 2005.

Vicolo del Citarista between I.2.23 and I.5, Pompeii. September 2005.

 

In Codex Topographicus Pompeianus: Regio I.2, (the copy at DAIR), Warscher included Viola’s description of the insula, from

Gli scavi di Pompei dal 1873 al 1878, p.10 (Pompei e la regione sotterrata dal Vesuvio nell’anno 1879, Seconda parte).

This is included at the end in all parts of I.2 on the website.

 

“Nel dicembre del 1873 incomminciò lo scavo di questa isola – quale dovette essere abitata da moltissime persone. Infatti non si vede grande lusso di abitazioni, nè grandi locali, ove i ricchi pompeiani passavano la vita nell’ozio e nel piacere; si può invece osservare grand’economia di spazio, case piccole miste a botteghe e ad officine, onde non è difficile argomentare che quivi abitarono persone del ceto medio, le quali benchè agiate non godevano certamente della più splendide posizione.

 

E’ questa un’isola dove avennero frequentissime trasformazioni, per cui riesce difficillissimo intravvedere qual’era la sua forma primiera; non mancano però degli avanzi di costruzioni primitive, insieme ad altri di epoca posteriore, come si osserva in molti luoghi di Pompei.

 

La sua area è di mq.2948, ed è limitata da occidente dal cardo, a settentrione dalla via secunda, ad oriente dal vico parallelo al cardo e a mezzogiorno dalla via tertia che la separa dalle isole 1 e 5; il margine che la fiancheggia da tre lati escluso l’orientale e sulla via tertia di fronte al vano No.28 si vede un piccolo ponte, formato da massi posti a contrasto, il quale serve per unire i due margine (vedi la fotografia no.42c)”.

(Note: this photo can also be seen at I.5.1, I.2.28 and in the “streets” section under Vicolo del Conciapelle). 

See Warscher T., 1935. Codex Topographicus Pompeianus: Regio I.2. Rome: DAIR.

 

(translation: "In December of 1873 the excavation of this insula began – which would have been inhabited by many people. In fact you don't see great luxury homes, nor large rooms, where rich Pompeian passed life in idleness and pleasure; if you instead look at the great economy of space, small homes and shops mixed with workshops, it's not difficult to argue that here lived people in the middle class, which however well-to-do they certainly did not enjoy the most splendid position.

This was an insula, where there were frequent transformations, for which it is difficult to glimpse what was the original form; it does not lack however, the remains of primitive constructions, alongside others of a later date, as can be seen in many places in Pompeii.

Its area was 2948 sq. m., and was bounded on the west by the “cardo”, on the north by via secunda, and east by a parallel vicolo to the “cardo” and in the south by the via tertia, that separated it from Insula’s 1 and 5:  the border that flanked it by three sides excluding the east and on via tertia opposite No. 28, you will see a small bridge, formed by a boulder placed to serve to unite the two edges, (see photo No. 42 c)."