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VI.15.1 Pompeii. House of the Vettii or Casa dei Vettii or Domus Vettiorum.

Excavated 1894-1895. Linked to VI.15.27.

 

In Notizie degli Scavi, prior to January 1897, this house was described as being in Insula 12 of Reg. VI, afterwards it was changed to Insula 15 of Reg. VI.

Entrance, Vestibule and Atrium.

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Entrance and Vestibule

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. Vicolo dei Vettii from Vicolo di Mercurio looking north.  VI.16.  According to Della Corte, found inside the house were two seal/signets and one bronze finger ring, these read –
A. Vetti
Restituti      or A. Vettius Restitutus   [see S.100]
A.V.CO        or A. V(ettius) Co(nviva)  [see S.99]
A. Vetti
Convivaes  or A. Vettius Convia         [see S.98]
Combined with graffiti found on the south corner of the insula, these proved to Della Corte that this was the house built by two rich merchants Aulus Vettius Restitutus and Aulus Vettius Conviva. Although this house illustrated the luxury of the commercial classes during the last decades of the city’s life, nothing was revealed of how these two made their money or their business. These graffiti were CIL IV 3522 and 3509.  
Also found on the same wall were CIL IV 3506, 3507 and 3521.
See Della Corte, M., 1965.  Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino.(p.67-71)
According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), these read -
[[3]] Sabinum aed(ilem) 
[[3]] Restitutus rog(at)       [CIL IV 3522]
Vetti Con[vi]va Augustali[s]       [CIL IV 3509]  
Appuleium IIvir(um)            [CIL IV 3506]
Liberalis       [CIL IV 3507]
A(ulum) Trebium Valentem aed(ilem) o(ro) v(os) f(aciatis) Hilarus rog(at)       [CIL IV 3521]

VI.15.1 Pompeii. Vicolo dei Vettii from Vicolo di Mercurio looking north.  VI.16

According to Della Corte, on the facade of the house on the south-east corner of the insula was graffiti –

 

Vetti Conviva, Augustalis, (fac)   (CIL IV 3509)

 (A. Vettius) Restitutus rog(at)     (CIL IV 3522)

 

See Della Corte, M., 1965.  Case ed Abitanti di Pompei. Napoli: Fausto Fiorentino. (p.67)

 

According to Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby (See www.manfredclauss.de), they read as:

 

Vetti Con[vi]va, Augustalis, [s]   (CIL IV 3509)

 

[[3]] Sabinum aed(ilem)

[[3]] Restitutus rog(at)                 (CIL IV 3522)

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Lava steps from roadway to entrance doorway.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Lava steps from roadway to entrance doorway.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Entrance doorway.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Entrance doorway.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. Entrance doorway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. Entrance doorway.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. Threshold and flooring from entrance to vestibule.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. Threshold and flooring from entrance to vestibule.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Thresholds of doorways,  and flooring from vestibule lava step down to entrance. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Thresholds of doorways, and flooring from vestibule lava step down to entrance.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Thresholds of entrance doorways from north side. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Thresholds of entrance doorways from north side.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Threshold of entrance doorway from south side. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Threshold of entrance doorway from south side. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2012. Looking west from vestibule across atrium towards peristyle.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2012. Looking west from vestibule across atrium towards peristyle.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Threshold from vestibule to atrium. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Threshold from vestibule to atrium.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Left hand wall of vestibule, after restoration work.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Left hand wall of vestibule, after restoration work.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Left hand wall of vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Left hand wall of vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. Left hand wall of vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. Left hand wall of vestibule, during restoration work.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Left hand wall of vestibule, after restoration.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Left hand wall of vestibule, after restoration.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Graffiti on left hand wall of vestibule, after restoration.
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.
According to Varone, this reads

Eutychis 
Graeca a(ssibus) Il 
moribus bellis      [CIL IV 4592]

He translates it as Eutychis, Greek, nice mannered, for two asses.

He proposes that she was a slave girl, born in the household, perhaps of Greek parents, and that her workplace was the cella meretricia in the servants’ quarters near the kitchen.
See Varone, A., 2002. Erotica Pompeiana: Love Inscriptions on the Walls of Pompeii, Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. p. 143.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Graffiti on left hand wall of vestibule, after restoration.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

According to Varone, this reads

 

Eutychis

Graeca a(ssibus) Il

moribus bellis      [CIL IV 4592]

 

He translates it as Eutychis, Greek, nice mannered, for two asses.

 

He proposes that she was a slave girl, born in the household, perhaps of Greek parents, and that her workplace was the cella meretricia in the servants’ quarters near the kitchen.

See Varone, A., 2002. Erotica Pompeiana: Love Inscriptions on the Walls of Pompeii, Rome: L’Erma di Bretschneider. p. 143.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. Graffiti on left hand wall of vestibule, as recorded in CIL IV 4592.
CIL describes it as “in vestibuli pariete sinistro, in tectorio albo, longa 0,13”.
In the vestibule on the left wall, on white plaster, length 0,13.
See Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum Vol. IV, Supp 2, Part 2, 1909. Berlin: Reimer, p. 542.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. Graffiti on left hand wall of vestibule, as recorded in CIL IV 4592.

CIL describes it asin vestibuli pariete sinistro, in tectorio albo, longa 0,13”.

In the vestibule on the left wall, on white plaster, length 0,13.

See Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum Vol. IV, Supp 2, Part 2, 1909. Berlin: Reimer, p. 542.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Left hand wall of vestibule. According to Sogliano, on the south wall in the middle of a black panel was a rectangular panel (0.30 x 0.15m) on a red background, showing three cocks, of which two were fighting, and the third carried a branch in its beak.
Sogliano, A: La Casa dei Vettii in Pompei, 1898, (p.236).

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Left hand wall of vestibule.

According to Sogliano, on the south wall in the middle of a black panel was a rectangular panel (0.30 x 0.15m) on a red background,

showing three cocks, of which two were fighting, and the third carried a branch in its beak.

Sogliano, A: La Casa dei Vettii in Pompei, 1898, (p.236).

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. Old undated postcard, showing “the fight of the cocks” Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. Old undated postcard, showing “the fight of the cocks” from left, or south wall.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Upper north-west corner, and north or right-hand wall of vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Upper north-west corner, and north or right-hand wall of vestibule.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. North, or right hand wall of vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. North, or right-hand wall of vestibule, during restoration.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. North, or right hand wall of vestibule.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. North, or right-hand wall of vestibule.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. North-west corner of vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. North-west corner of vestibule, after restoration.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. North-west corner of vestibule.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. North-west corner of vestibule.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. North wall of vestibule at east end.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. North wall of vestibule at east end.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Painting of a bearded Priapus in vestibule, after renovation. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Painting of a bearded Priapus in vestibule, after renovation.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii.  December 2006. Painting of a bearded Priapus in vestibule.  It seems to suggest good health is worth its weight in gold.
A large basket of fruit represents the abundance of the house.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Painting of a bearded Priapus in vestibule.

It seems to suggest good health is worth its weight in gold.

A large basket of fruit represents the abundance of the house.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. 4th April 1980, pre earthquake. Painting of a bearded Priapus in vestibule. Photo courtesy of Tina Gilbert.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. 4th April 1980, pre-earthquake. Painting of a bearded Priapus in vestibule.

Photo courtesy of Tina Gilbert.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. 1968. Painting of a bearded Priapus in vestibule. On the right is the shutter of the lockable case in which this painting used to be enclosed. According to Wilhelmina the custodians with the keys could be persuaded to unlock the case, if presented with a suitable tip by the tourists. 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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VI.15.1 Pompeii. 1968. Painting of a bearded Priapus in vestibule.

On the right is the shutter of the lockable case in which this painting used to be enclosed.

According to Wilhelmina the custodians with the keys could be persuaded to unlock the case, if presented with a suitable tip by the tourists.

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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VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Detail of bearded Priapus, in vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Detail of bearded Priapus, in vestibule.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. Detail of bearded Priapus,  in vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2015. Detail of bearded Priapus, in vestibule.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Detail from painting in vestibule, seeming to suggest good health is worth its weight in gold. A large basket of fruit represents the abundance of the house. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017.

Detail from painting in vestibule, seeming to suggest good health is worth its weight in gold.

A large basket of fruit represents the abundance of the house.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii, 1978. Detail of the basket of fruit. 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. J78f0646

VI.15.1 Pompeii, 1978. Detail of the basket of fruit. 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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VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Detail of the basket of fruit. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Detail of the basket of fruit. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. 1968. Detail of the basket of fruit. 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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VI.15.1 Pompeii. 1968. Detail of the basket of fruit. 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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VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Painted panel from north wall of vestibule. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. May 2017. Painted panel from north wall of vestibule, after restoration.

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Painted panel from north wall of vestibule. According to Sogliano, the two black panels on the north wall also contained a small rectangular panel on a red background. This represented the attributes of Mercury, being a ram, and a vase, and placed on a table were the caduceus and the purse. Under the table, on the floor was a tortoise.
See Sogliano, A: La Casa dei Vettii in Pompei, 1898, (p.237)

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Painted panel from north wall of vestibule.

According to Sogliano, the two black panels on the north wall also contained a small rectangular panel on a red background.

This represented the attributes of Mercury, being a ram, and a vase, and placed on a table were the caduceus and the purse.

Under the table, on the floor was a tortoise.

See Sogliano, A: La Casa dei Vettii in Pompei, 1898, (p.237).

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Painting in vestibule from north wall. According to Sogliano, the two black panels on the north wall also contained a small rectangular panel on a red background. This showed two deer and an idol placed on a pedestal. 
Sogliano, A: La Casa dei Vettii in Pompei, 1898, (p.237)

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Painting in vestibule from north wall.

According to Sogliano, the two black panels on the north wall also contained a small rectangular panel on a red background.

This showed two deer and an idol placed on a pedestal.

See Sogliano, A: La Casa dei Vettii in Pompei, 1898, (p.237).

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii.  December 2006. Painting in vestibule.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Painting in vestibule.

 

VI.15.1 Pompeii.  December 2006. Painting in vestibule.

VI.15.1 Pompeii. December 2006. Painting in vestibule.

 

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