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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Fish and Meat Market


1st c. BC

This market would have been one of the busiest parts of town.

On the outside, there would have been stalls selling figs, grapes, chestnuts, bread, cakes...

Rooms in a wooden gallery above would house staff.

You would enter through a large hallway with a statue of the Emperor and walls covered with frescos of fruit and flowers.

The fish and meat stalls were in the center of the courtyard.

A stone circle with a roof was where the fish was prepared.

The long stone ledge was where it was sold.

Fun fact : across the street you'll see a stone table with different sized holes.

This was used by shoppers to make sure that they hadn't been misled on the quantities that they had bought!