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VII.5.24 Pompeii. Forum Baths. Entrance to men’s baths and portico.

Excavated 1823.

 

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Other parts of the baths:   VII.5.2    VII.5.7    VII.5.8    VII.5.10    VII.5.12    VII.6.17    VII.6.18    Forum Baths Plan

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39) apse with roof light.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39) apse with roof light. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39) stucco in apse with roof light.  
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39) stucco in apse with roof light. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39), detail of stucco in apse.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39), detail of stucco in apse. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39), detail of stucco in apse.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39), detail of stucco in apse. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39), detail of stucco in apse.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39), detail of stucco in apse. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39), detail of stucco in apse.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium (39), detail of stucco in apse. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. Caldarium (39) apse with roof light and marble basin (41). Photographed 1970-79 by Günther Einhorn, picture courtesy of his son Ralf Einhorn.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. Caldarium (39) apse with roof light and marble basin (41).

Photographed 1970-79 by Günther Einhorn, picture courtesy of his son Ralf Einhorn.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. March 2012. Large marble basin or labrum (41) in apse of caldarium (39).   
Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. March 2012. Large marble basin or labrum (41) in apse of caldarium (39). Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Large marble basin or labrum (41) in apse of caldarium (39).

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Large marble basin or labrum (41) in apse of caldarium (39).  

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. October 2001. Large marble basin or labrum (41) in apse of caldarium (39).   
Photo courtesy of Peter Woods.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. October 2001. Large marble basin or labrum (41) in apse of caldarium (39). Photo courtesy of Peter Woods.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. June 2012. Large marble basin (41) in Caldarium. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.  
In AD3-4, the duumvirs had a large marble basin set up in the hot room (caldarium). 
Written around the rim in bronze letters is an inscription 
Cn(aeo) Melissaeo Cn(aei) f(ilio) Apro M(arco) Staio M(arci) f(ilio) Rufo IIvir(is) iter(um) i(ure) d(icundo) labrum ex d(ecreto) d(ecurionum) ex p(ecunia) p(ublica) f(aciendum) c(uraverunt) constat HS V(milia)CCL      [CIL X 817]
Cooley translates this as:
“When Gnaeus Melissaeus Aper, son of Gnaeus, and Marcus Staius Rufus, son of Marcus, were duumvirs with judicial power for the second time, they saw to the making of the basin, by decree of the town councillors, at public expense.  It cost 5,250 sesterces.”  [CIL X 817 = ILS 5726]
See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii : A Sourcebook. London : Routledge. (p.81)  
According to Berry, this recorded that it had been added in AD 3-4 by the duumvirs Gaius Melissaeus Aper and Marcus Statius Rufus.
“Gnaeus Melissaeus Aper, son of Gnaeus, and Marcus Statius Rufus, son of Marcus, duumvirs for lawsuits for the second time, had this labrum made at public expense by decree of the town councillors. It cost 5,250 sesterces”.  [CIL X 817]
See Berry, J., 2007. The Complete Pompeii. London: Thames & Hudson.  (p.152)

VII.5.24 Pompeii. June 2012. Large marble basin (41) in Caldarium. Photo courtesy of Michael Binns. 

In AD3-4, the duumvirs had a large marble basin set up in the hot room (caldarium).

Written around the rim in bronze letters is an inscription

Cn(aeo) Melissaeo Cn(aei) f(ilio) Apro M(arco) Staio M(arci) f(ilio) Rufo IIvir(is) iter(um) i(ure) d(icundo) labrum ex d(ecreto) d(ecurionum) ex p(ecunia) p(ublica) f(aciendum) c(uraverunt) constat HS V(milia)CCL      [CIL X 817]

 

Cooley translates this as:

“When Gnaeus Melissaeus Aper, son of Gnaeus, and Marcus Staius Rufus, son of Marcus, were duumvirs with judicial power for the second time, they saw to the making of the basin, by decree of the town councillors, at public expense.  It cost 5,250 sesterces.”  [CIL X 817 = ILS 5726]

See Cooley, A. and M.G.L., 2004. Pompeii: A Sourcebook. London: Routledge. (p.81) 

 

According to Berry, this recorded that it had been added in AD 3-4 by the duumvirs Gaius Melissaeus Aper and Marcus Statius Rufus.

“Gnaeus Melissaeus Aper, son of Gnaeus, and Marcus Statius Rufus, son of Marcus, duumvirs for lawsuits for the second time, had this labrum made at public expense by decree of the town councillors. It cost 5,250 sesterces”.  [CIL X 817]

See Berry, J., 2007. The Complete Pompeii. London: Thames & Hudson.  (p.152)

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. March 2009. Caldarium labrum or basin (41). On the border of the basin is written in letters of bronze: CN. MELISSAEO. CN. F. APRO. M. STAIO. M. F. RUFO. II. VIR. ITER. ID LABRVM. EX. D. D. EX. P. P. F. C. CONSTAT. H S IↄƆ C. C. L. See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.95)

VII.5.24 Pompeii. March 2009. Caldarium labrum or basin (41).

On the border of the basin is written in letters of bronze:

CN. MELISSAEO. CN. F. APRO. M. STAIO. M. F. RUFO. II. VIR. ITER. ID LABRVM. EX. D. D. EX. P. P. F. C. CONSTAT. H S IↄƆ C. C. L.

See Pappalardo, U., 2001. La Descrizione di Pompei per Giuseppe Fiorelli (1875). Napoli: Massa Editore. (p.95)

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. March 2012. Remains of bronze lettering (RO. M.STAIO.) from large marble basin or labrum (41) in apse of caldarium (39).  Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. March 2012. Remains of bronze lettering (RO. M.STAIO.) from large marble basin or labrum (41) in apse of caldarium (39).  

Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Lamp niche in basin alcove in caldarium (39).

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Lamp niche in basin alcove in caldarium (39).  

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. March 2012. Ceiling stucco in caldarium (39).  Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. March 2012. Ceiling stucco in caldarium (39). Photo courtesy of Marina Fuxa.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Ceiling stucco in caldarium (39), and detail of remains of stucco on window opening in east wall.  Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Ceiling stucco in caldarium (39), and detail of remains of stucco on window opening in east wall. 

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Ceiling stucco in caldarium (39).

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Ceiling stucco in caldarium (39). 

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium east wall, looking south to laconicum (40).   
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. May 2015. Caldarium east wall, looking south. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. June 2012. Caldarium east wall, looking south to laconicum (40). Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. June 2012. Caldarium east wall, looking south to laconicum (40). Photo courtesy of Michael Binns.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Caldarium (39) east wall, looking north.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Caldarium (39) east wall, looking north.  

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Caldarium (39), heating duct in wall.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Caldarium (39), heating duct in wall. 

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii.  December 2007. Corridor to boiler rooms and working areas.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Corridor to boiler rooms and working areas.

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking down corridor (16) to entrance VII.5.2 (17) from Changing Room (14).

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Looking down corridor (16) to entrance VII.5.2 (17) from Changing Room (14).

 

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Doorway to room (18), now used as an exit through VII.5.3. According to Niccolini this door led to a small cloakroom (18). See Niccolini F, 1890. Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei: Volume Terzo. Napoli.

VII.5.24 Pompeii. December 2007. Doorway to room (18), now used as an exit through VII.5.3.

According to Niccolini this door led to a small cloakroom (18).

See Niccolini F, 1890. Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei: Volume Terzo. Napoli.

 

 

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Other parts of the baths:   VII.5.2    VII.5.7    VII.5.8    VII.5.10    VII.5.12    VII.6.17    VII.6.18    Forum Baths Plan