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VIII.7.16 Pompeii. Caserma dei Gladiatori o Quadriportico del Teatro.

Gladiators Barracks or Quadriporticus of the theatre.

Excavated 1766 to 1769, 1774, 1779, 1791 to 1794 and 1814.

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According to Gell –

“This square is commonly called the Soldiers' Quarters.

The fluted columns are of coarse stone, coated with stucco, and coloured; two, in the centre of each side, are painted blue, the rest alternately red and yellow.

The lower undiminishing portions of all, unfluted, are of a dark red; between each, seem to have been pedestals.

On a column, near the centre of one end, is the figure of a soldier, or gladiator, scratched with a nail: and about are idly scrawled, in the same manner, names in Latin or Greek.

In the rooms around, skeletons were found, the decayed bones of the legs and arms retained by iron fetters.

Pieces of armour, for the legs, thighs, and arms, were discovered in the exedra, in the middle of the east end, as well as helmets, ornamented with dolphins and tridents, in relief, some incrusted in silver.

On one was represented the principal events in the taking of Troy; others had visors, gratings, or round holes to see through.

From their size and weight, it has been disputed whether they were ever worn, or only intended for ornament or trophies.

Sir W. Hamilton, who was present at their discovery, saw their linings, which have since fallen out or decayed: they were probably used in the theatre.

Amongst other matters was a curious trumpet of brass, with six ivory flutes, all communicating with one mouth-piece.

The flutes were without holes for the fingers.

A chain of brass hung to this instrument, for the apparent purpose of securing it to the trumpeter's shoulder.

lt is now in the Museum.”

See Gell, W. and Gandy, J., 1852.  Pompeiana: Third Edition.  London: Bohn. (p.184-185)

 

VIII.7.16 Gladiators Barracks, with Theatres to the right of centre, Looking west across I.1, and I.2 across Via Stabiana towards VIII.7. 1957. Looking west across model in Naples Museum. 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. J57f0555

VIII.7.16 Gladiators Barracks, with Theatres to the right of centre,

Looking west across I.1, and I.2 across Via Stabiana towards VIII.7. 1957.

Looking west across model in Naples Museum. 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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VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2005. Entrance from Via Stabia into Gladiators Barracks.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2005. Entrance from Via Stabiana into Gladiators Barracks.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  May 2006. Entrance from Via Stabia into Gladiators Barracks.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006. Entrance from Via Stabiana into Gladiators Barracks.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006. Entrances to VIII.7.17 Little Theatre from Gladiators Barracks.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006. Entrances to VIII.7.17 Little Theatre from Gladiators Barracks.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  December 2007. North east corner.  Three Ionic columns that formed the entrance hall on the side of the colonnade.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. December 2007. North-east corner.

Three Ionic columns that formed the entrance hall on the side of the colonnade.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2015. Looking north-west towards the large theatre, from north-east corner.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2015. Looking north-west towards the large theatre, from north-east corner.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  May 2006. Looking west from north east corner.  A few of the 74 Doric columns that enclosed the large open central area.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking west from north-east corner.

A few of the 74 Doric columns that enclosed the large open central area.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  May 2006. Ionic Capital.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006. Ionic Capital.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006.  Ionic Capital.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006. Ionic Capital.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  May 2006. Ionic Capital with Doric columns behind.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006. Ionic Capital with Doric columns behind.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  May 2006. Looking west along the north side.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. May 2006. Looking west along the north side.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  December 2007. North east corner.  Looking south along east side.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. December 2007. North-east corner. Looking south along east side.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  September 2005. North east corner.  Looking south west across central area.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2005. North-east corner. Looking south-west across central area.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. 1944. Looking south across east side of Gladiators’ Barracks. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. 1944. Looking south across east side of Gladiators’ Barracks.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2005.  Gladiators Barracks looking north to the Large Theatre.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2005. Gladiators Barracks looking north to the Large Theatre.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  September 2005. Looking south along the east side.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2005. Looking south along the east side.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2005.  Entrance to small room on east side.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2005. Entrance to small room on east side.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2015. East side, looking towards area that may have been the dining and kitchen area.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. September 2015. East side, looking towards area that may have been the dining and kitchen area.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. December 2007.  Possible dining area and kitchen on east side.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. December 2007. Possible dining area and kitchen on east side.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii.  December 2007. Room on east side.

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. December 2007. Room on east side.

 

VIII.7.16 Pompeii. 1964. Wilhelmina and colleagues near room on east side.  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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VIII.7.16 Pompeii. 1964. Wilhelmina and colleagues near room on east side.

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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