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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Fish and Meat Market


1st c. BC


Pompeii's market would have been one of the busiest parts of town.

On the outside, stalls would be selling figs, grapes, chestnuts, bread, cakes...

Above them, a wooden gallery with rooms would house the staff.

Visitors would enter the market 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 at the center of the courtyard.

The stone circle with a roof was where the fish was prepared, and the long stone ledge where it was sold.

Fun fact : across the street there is a stone table with different sized holes.

This was used by shoppers to double-check that they had been sold the right quantities!

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