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Pompeii Street View. Vicolo dei Balconi. Formerly an unknown vicolo between V.2 and V.3.

Excavation taking place 2018.

 

The discovery of 4-5 houses with balconies intact on the V.3 side of the vicolo has led to it being named Vicolo dei Balconi.

 

Looking east to junction with unnamed vicolo on north side of Via di Nola, between V.2. and V.3. Taken from near IX.5.12. May 2010.

Looking east to junction with Vicolo dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) on north side of Via di Nola.  

May 2010. Taken from near IX.5.12.

 

Vicolo del Centenario. Looking north towards Via di Nola and the unnamed vicolo on the opposite side of the road . May 2005.

Vicolo del Centenario. May 2005.

Looking north towards Via di Nola and the Vicolo dei Balconi, (previously an unnamed vicolo) on the opposite side of the Via di Nola.

 

Unnamed vicolo between V.2 and V.3. Looking north from Via di Nola. May 2005.

Vicolo dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. May 2005.

Looking north from Via di Nola.

 

Unnamed vicolo between V.2 and V.3.  Looking north from Via di Nola. March 2009.

Vicolo dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. March 2009. Looking north from Via di Nola.

 

Vicolo dei Balconi, under excavation June 2018. 
This previously unnamed vicolo became known as Vicolo dei Balconi because, during the excavations, a number of houses with intact balconies were found at the north end on the east side in V.3.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, under excavation June 2018.

This previously unnamed vicolo became known as Vicolo dei Balconi because, during the excavations, a number of houses with intact balconies were found at the north end on the east side in V.3.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo dei Balconi, under excavation, June 2018. 
On the left is the garden of V.2.i, on the right is V.3. The vicolo is in the centre with the balcony houses at the far end. 
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, under excavation, June 2018.

On the left is the garden of V.2.i, on the right is V.3. The vicolo is in the centre with the balcony houses at the far end.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo dei Balconi, under excavation, June 2018. 
On the right is V.3 where an intact collapsed roof can be seen.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, under excavation, June 2018.

On the right is V.3 where an intact collapsed roof can be seen.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo dei Balconi, south end under excavation, June 2018. Looking north from Via di Nola.

Vicolo dei Balconi, south end under excavation, June 2018. Looking north from Via di Nola.

 

Vicolo dei Balconi, south end, June 2018. Looking south to Via di Nola. V.3 is on the left and V.2 on the right.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, south end, June 2018. Looking south to Via di Nola. V.3 is on the left and V.2 on the right.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. June 2019.
Looking north from Via di Nola, with V.2.20/21 on left, and side wall of V.3.1/2, on right. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Vicolo dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. June 2019.

Looking north from Via di Nola, with V.2.20/21 on left, and side wall of V.3.1/2, on right. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. June 2019.
Looking north from Via di Nola, detail of roadway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Vicolo dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. June 2019.

Looking north from Via di Nola, detail of roadway. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. June 2019.
Looking north from Via di Nola towards houses on east side of roadway (the west side of V.3).
Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

Vicolo dei Balconi, (previously known as an unnamed vicolo) between V.2 and V.3. June 2019.

Looking north from Via di Nola towards houses on east side of roadway (the west side of V.3).

Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

 

Vicolo dei Balconi, north end on the left, is running south alongside the green area of the garden of V.2.i.
In the foreground is the newly excavated Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and in front is V.7 under excavation.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, north end on the left, is running south alongside the green area of the garden of V.2.i.

In the foreground is the newly excavated Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and in front is V.7 under excavation.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

In excavations in 2018 in the Vicolo dei Balconi, at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento electoral inscriptions were found.

In excavations in 2018 in the Vicolo dei Balconi, at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento electoral inscriptions were found.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, June 2018. Electoral inscriptions at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento. 
From the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi it is now possible to look west along the newly excavated part of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and past V.2.i on the left.  On the north-west corner of junction of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento with Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, in June 2018, three electoral inscriptions were found in a perfect state of preservation.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, June 2018. Electoral inscriptions at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento.

From the Vicolo dei Balconi it is now possible to look west along the newly excavated part of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and past V.2.i on the left. 

On the north-west corner of junction of Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento with Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, in June 2018, three electoral inscriptions were found in a perfect state of preservation.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo dei Balconi, at junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento. Three electoral inscriptions at north-west corner of junction.

On the East wall are two inscriptions:

In black above is the inscription

HELVIUM SABINUM
AEDILEM D R P V B O V F

Helvium Sabinum
aedilem d(ignum) r(ei) p(ublicae)
v(irum) b(onum) o(ro) v(os)
f(aciatis)

In red below is the inscription:

ALBVCIVM AED

Electoral inscription on the south wall: 

L ALBVCIVM AED

L(ucium) Albucium aed(ilem). 

The Albucii were probably the owners of the House of the Silver Wedding.
The inscriptions were made on a layer of white paint, perhaps done to cover previous inscriptions and in any case to ensure a clear writing surface for the preserved inscriptions, which refer to the last electoral campaign of Pompeii before 79AD.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, at junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento. Three electoral inscriptions at north-west corner of junction.

 

On the East wall are two inscriptions:

 

In black above is the inscription

 

HELVIUM SABINUM

AEDILEM D R P V B O V F

 

Helvium Sabinum

aedilem d(ignum) r(ei) p(ublicae)

v(irum) b(onum) o(ro) v(os)

f(aciatis)

 

In red below is the inscription:

 

ALBVCIVM AED

 

Electoral inscription on the south wall:

 

L ALBVCIVM AED

 

L(ucium) Albucium aed(ilem).

 

The Albucii were probably the owners of the House of the Silver Wedding.

The inscriptions were made on a layer of white paint, perhaps done to cover previous inscriptions and in any case to ensure a clear writing surface for the preserved inscriptions, which refer to the last electoral campaign of Pompeii before 79AD.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Skeleton

 

In 2018 at the Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-east corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento the headless skeleton of a male victim was found. 
From the first observations, the individual who survived the early stages of the volcanic eruption, ventured in search of escape along the vicolo now filled by a thick blanket of lapilli. 
The body was in fact found at the height of the first floor of the adjacent building, above the lapilli layer. 
He was originally thought to have been killed by the stone block.
The skull of this man was found later at a lower level than the rest of his body, having been displaced by the collapse of a Bourbon tunnel below. 
The skull itself suggests that he was not, as first thought, crushed to death by the block but rather asphyxiated during the pyroclastic flow that threw him backwards.
The individual clutched at least 20 silver coins and 2 in Bronze, contained in a small purse. 
Between the ribs of the chest 3 coins were in fact first found, and after removing the remains of the victim, now transferred to the Laboratorio di ricerche applicate del Parco archeologico di Pompei, for the further investigations, the rest of the precious finds were uncovered.
Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

In 2018 at the Vicolo dei Balconi, at north-east corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento the headless skeleton of a male victim was found.

From the first observations, the individual who survived the early stages of the volcanic eruption, ventured in search of escape along the vicolo now filled by a thick blanket of lapilli.

The body was in fact found at the height of the first floor of the adjacent building, above the lapilli layer.

He was originally thought to have been killed by the stone block.

The skull of this man was found later at a lower level than the rest of his body, having been displaced by the collapse of a Bourbon tunnel below.

The skull itself suggests that he was not, as first thought, crushed to death by the block but rather asphyxiated during the pyroclastic flow that threw him backwards.

The individual clutched at least 20 silver coins and 2 in Bronze, contained in a small purse.

Between the ribs of the chest 3 coins were in fact first found, and after removing the remains of the victim, now transferred to the Laboratorio di ricerche applicate del Parco archeologico di Pompei, for the further investigations, the rest of the precious finds were uncovered.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi. Leather pouch containing coins found under Pompeii skeleton.
At first examination of the money found with skeleton of victim there would seem to be at least 20 silver denarii and two bronze asses for a nominal value of eighty sesterces and a half. 
Such a quantity of coins could at that time ensure the maintenance of a three-person family for 14, 16 days. 
The coins have very varied chronology. 
It was possible to examine 15 coins, for the main part Republican, starting from the Mid-second century B.C. 
One of the later Republican coins is a legionary denarius of Mark Antony, common in Pompeii, with the indication of the XXI Legion. 
Among the few Imperial coins identified, a probable denarius of Octavian and two denarii of Vespasian.
Photo courtesy MiBAC. Use subject to Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 (CC-BY-3.0)

Vicolo dei Balconi. Leather pouch containing coins found under Pompeii skeleton.

At first examination of the money found with skeleton of victim there would seem to be at least 20 silver denarii and two bronze asses for a nominal value of eighty sesterces and a half.

Such a quantity of coins could at that time ensure the maintenance of a three-person family for 14, 16 days.

The coins have very varied chronology.

It was possible to examine 15 coins, for the main part Republican, starting from the Mid-second century B.C.

One of the later Republican coins is a legionary denarius of Mark Antony, common in Pompeii, with the indication of the XXI Legion.

Among the few Imperial coins identified, a probable denarius of Octavian and two denarii of Vespasian.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Other finds

 

Layers of electoral inscriptions

 

Vicolo dei balconi. Electoral inscriptions with information about different years of electoral propaganda. 
Note the name of candidates superimposed on each other.
Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei balconi. Electoral inscriptions with information about different years of electoral propaganda.

Note the name of candidates superimposed on each other.

Photograph © Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Wall with phallus and inscription

A wall was found with a terracotta plaque in the form of a phallus under which was an electoral inscription.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, under excavation, June 2018. Wall with terracotta plaque. Photograph courtesy of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, under excavation, June 2018. Wall with terracotta plaque.

Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, under excavation, June 2018. Wall with terracotta plaque and electoral inscription to Caprasium. 
Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, under excavation, June 2018. Wall with terracotta plaque and electoral inscription to Caprasium.

Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

New entrance in Vicolo delle Nozze Argento

Just past the Vicolo dei Balconi in the Vicolo delle Nozze Argento is a new entrance V.7.8 with the impression of doors clearly seen in the ash.

 

Vicolo c.d. dei Balconi, at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento. June 2018. 
Last entrance to the east on the north side of Vicolo delle Nozze Argento with impression of doors in the ash and electoral inscription. 
Photograph courtesy of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Vicolo dei Balconi, at north-west corner of junction with Vicolo delle Nozze Argento. June 2018.

Last entrance to the east on the north side of Vicolo delle Nozze Argento with impression of doors in the ash and electoral inscription.

Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Thermopolium at crossroads

A richly decorated Thermopolium emerged in the open space which acts as a crossroads between Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and Vicolo dei Balconi.

 

The richly decorated Thermopolium in the open space which acts as a crossroads between Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and Vicolo dei Balconi. 
On one side, the decorations on the counter depict the beautiful figure of a Nereid on horseback in a marine environment.
On the other is most probably the illustration of the business conducted in the shop, almost as if it were a shop sign. 
The discovery of amphorae, which were located in front of the counter, reflected the painted image exactly.
Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

The richly decorated Thermopolium in the open space which acts as a crossroads between Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and Vicolo dei Balconi.

On one side, the decorations on the counter depict the beautiful figure of a Nereid on horseback in a marine environment.

On the other is most probably the illustration of the business conducted in the shop, almost as if it were a shop sign.

The discovery of amphorae, which were located in front of the counter, reflected the painted image exactly.

Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

Thermopolium at the crossroads between Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and Vicolo dei Balconi. 
The discovery of amphorae, which were located in front of the counter, reflected the painted image on the counter exactly. Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

Thermopolium at the crossroads between Vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento and Vicolo dei Balconi.

The discovery of amphorae, which were located in front of the counter, reflected the painted image on the counter exactly.

Photograph © of Parco Archeologico di Pompei.

 

The Fresco of the Fighting Gladiators

New discovery in the Regio V: 11th October 2019.

 

Two gladiators at the end of the fight, one wins the other succumbs.
The fresco of about 1.12 meters x 1.5 meters, found in a room behind the widening of the intersection of the Vicolo dei Balconi and the Vicolo delle Nozze D’Argento, has a trapezoidal shape, as it was located in the basement, perhaps of a shop. Above the painting we can see the imprint of the wooden staircase. 

It is very likely that this place was frequented by gladiators, it is in the Regio V, not far from the caserma dei gladiatori from where, among other things, come the highest number of graffiti inscriptions related to their world. In this gladiatorial fresco of a Murmillo and a Thracian, of particular interest is the extremely realistic representation of the wounds, such as that on the wrist and chest of the succumbing gladiator, which let out the blood that also bathes the legs.  We don't know what the final outcome of this fight was. You could die or have grace. In this case there is a singular gesture that the wounded Thracian makes with the hand, perhaps, to plead for salvation; it is the gesture of ad locutia, usually made by the emperor or the general to grant grace.

Due gladiatori al termine del combattimento, l’uno vince l’altro soccombe
L’affresco di circa 1,12 mt x 1,5mt, rinvenuto in un ambiente alle spalle dello slargo di incrocio tra il Vicolo dei Balconi e il vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento, ha forma trapezoidale, in quanto era collocato nel sottoscala, forse di una bottega. Si intravede al di sopra della pittura, l’impronta della scala lignea.

E’ molto probabile che questo luogo fosse frequentato da gladiatori. Siamo nella Regio V, non lontani dalla caserma dei gladiatori da dove, tra l’altro, provengono il numero più alto di iscrizioni graffite riferite a questo mondo. In questo affresco di un Mirmillone e un Trace, di particolare interesse è la rappresentazione estremamente realistica delle ferite, come quella al polso e al petto del gladiatore soccombente, che lascia fuoriuscire il sangue e bagna i gambali.  Non sappiamo quale fosse l’esito finale di questo combattimento. Si poteva morire o avere la grazia. In questo caso c’è un gesto singolare che il trace ferito fa con la mano, forse, per implorare salvezza; è il gesto di ad locutia, abitualmente fatto dall’imperatore o dal generale per concedere la grazia.
http://pompeiisites.org/comunicati/laffresco-dei-gladiatori-combattenti-nuova-scoperta-nella-regio-v/

Two gladiators at the end of the fight, one wins the other succumbs.

The fresco of about 1.12 meters x 1.5 meters, found in a room behind the widening of the intersection of the Vicolo dei Balconi and the Vicolo delle Nozze D’Argento, has a trapezoidal shape, as it was located in the basement, perhaps of a shop. Above the painting we can see the imprint of the wooden staircase.

 

It is very likely that this place was frequented by gladiators, it is in the Regio V, not far from the caserma dei gladiatori from where, among other things, come the highest number of graffiti inscriptions related to their world. In this gladiatorial fresco of a Murmillo and a Thracian, of particular interest is the extremely realistic representation of the wounds, such as that on the wrist and chest of the succumbing gladiator, which let out the blood that also bathes the legs.  We don't know what the final outcome of this fight was. You could die or have grace. In this case there is a singular gesture that the wounded Thracian makes with the hand, perhaps, to plead for salvation; it is the gesture of ad locutia, usually made by the emperor or the general to grant grace.

 

Due gladiatori al termine del combattimento, l’uno vince l’altro soccombe

L’affresco di circa 1,12 mt x 1,5mt, rinvenuto in un ambiente alle spalle dello slargo di incrocio tra il Vicolo dei Balconi e il vicolo delle Nozze d’Argento, ha forma trapezoidale, in quanto era collocato nel sottoscala, forse di una bottega. Si intravede al di sopra della pittura, l’impronta della scala lignea.

 

E’ molto probabile che questo luogo fosse frequentato da gladiatori. Siamo nella Regio V, non lontani dalla caserma dei gladiatori da dove, tra l’altro, provengono il numero più alto di iscrizioni graffite riferite a questo mondo. In questo affresco di un Mirmillone e un Trace, di particolare interesse è la rappresentazione estremamente realistica delle ferite, come quella al polso e al petto del gladiatore soccombente, che lascia fuoriuscire il sangue e bagna i gambali.  Non sappiamo quale fosse l’esito finale di questo combattimento. Si poteva morire o avere la grazia. In questo caso c’è un gesto singolare che il trace ferito fa con la mano, forse, per implorare salvezza; è il gesto di ad locutia, abitualmente fatto dall’imperatore o dal generale per concedere la grazia.

http://pompeiisites.org/comunicati/laffresco-dei-gladiatori-combattenti-nuova-scoperta-nella-regio-v/

 

Room behind the widening of the intersection of the Vicolo dei Balconi and the Vicolo delle Nozze D’Argento 
The discovery environment is only partially brought to light - on one side emerges another small portion of fresco that reveals the presence of another figure
L’ambiente di rinvenimento è solo parzialmente portato in luce - su un lato emerge un'altra piccola porzione di affresco che rivela la presenza di un’altra figura.
http://pompeiisites.org/comunicati/laffresco-dei-gladiatori-combattenti-nuova-scoperta-nella-regio-v/

Room behind the widening of the intersection of the Vicolo dei Balconi and the Vicolo delle Nozze D’Argento

The discovery environment is only partially brought to light - on one side emerges another small portion of fresco that reveals the presence of another figure

L’ambiente di rinvenimento è solo parzialmente portato in luce - su un lato emerge un'altra piccola porzione di affresco che rivela la presenza di un’altra figura.

http://pompeiisites.org/comunicati/laffresco-dei-gladiatori-combattenti-nuova-scoperta-nella-regio-v/

 

Links to photos of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Parco Archeologico di Pompei

Election posters on the walls of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Elections posters under excavation on the north-west corner of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Elections posters on the north-west corner of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Elections posters on the east wall of north-west corner of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Elections posters on the south wall of north-west corner of the Vicolo dei Balconi

Excavation south to north along Vicolo dei Balconi

Excavations at north end of Vicolo dei Balconi

Street plaque with phallus with painted inscription underneath

Shop entrance with preserved impression of the wooden door

The thermopolium of Regio V

L’affresco dei gladiatori combattenti nuova scoperta nella regio v

 

The Archaeology News Network

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