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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

House of the Faun


1st c. AD


Pompeii has incredibly well-preserved villas.

The House of the Faun is one of the largest private residences ever found in the Roman world.

It measures 3,000 square meters and occupied an entire block.

The house had 2 gardens, 4 dining rooms, an office, servant quarters, a kitchen, bedrooms, private baths...

The name comes from a statue found inside the atrium - half-human, half-goat.

The villa is famous for its incredible floor mosaics.

The hallway has a mosaic reading "Have" : meaning both "Hello" and "Goodbye"!

It leads into the atrium, one of the most important parts of the house - where the owners would relax and receive guests.

The open roof would let light in, help ventilate the house and help collect drinking water.

At the back, looking onto the garden, was the office, with dining rooms on either side with floor mosaics of partridges, ducks, fish - and Dionysos riding a panther.

On the opposite side of the atrium was the "conversation room", overlooking the second garden, which would have hosted music and theatre parties.

The conversation room had beautiful mosaics showing animals of the Nile.

Very few people would have been to Egypt - showing just how rich and sophisticated the owners of the house were.

Inside, covering the entire floor of the room, is a mosaic representing the famous Battle of Issus.

The mosaic commemorates the victory of Alexander the Great over the Persians.

La Joconde, de Vinci (1519)


House of the Vettii

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