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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.