I.3.23 House of Actius Anicetus


Italia (Pleiades)


Pompeii (Pleiades)

Location Description

An ancient city of Campania destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Pompeii was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.


Region I


Insula III



Peristyle garden to the rear of a domestic property.

Garden Description

This site was excavated in 1868 revealing a peristyle garden at the rear of the house. A portico on the east and north side was supported by five columns connected by a low wall. There was an opening to the garden on the north. The middle of the garden had two cistern puteals. The west wall of the garden held the famous painting depicting the battle between the Nucerians and the Pompeians in the amphitheatre (1.60m high by a little less than 2.00m wide; Mus. Naz. Inv. No. 112 222; Ruesch no. 1344). This event was recorded by Tacitus (Annals 14.17). A gutter went along the east, south, and north edges of the garden.


  • Fiorelli, G. 1860. Giornale degli scavi di Pompei, p. 74 (worldcat)
  • Fiorelli, G. 1875. Descrizione di Pompei, p. 55-56 (worldcat)
  • n.d. 1865-1869. GiornSc, n.s. 1 , cols. 185-187 (where the address is given as I.ii)
  • Jashemski, W.F. 1993. Gardens of Pompeii: Herculaneum and the villas destroyed by Vesuvius. Vol. II, Appendices, p. 27 (worldcat)
  • Matz, F. 1869. BdI, p. 240-241
  • Niccolini, F. Le case ed i monumenti di Pompeii, Naples, Vol. II, p. 78
  • Niccolini, F. Le case ed i monumenti di Pompeii, Naples, Vol. IV, plate 32
  • Maiuri, A. 1939. NSc, pp. 168-169
  • Sogliano, A., 1879. Le pitture murali campane scoverte negli anni 1867-79. Napoli: Giannini, p. 204, no. 604
  • Warscher, T. 1937-1957. Codex Topographicus Pompeianus (worldcat), nos. 44-50

Pleiades ID




Excavation Dates

Excavated c.1868.


Wilhelmina Jashemski (https://lib.guides.umd.edu/c.php?g=326514&p=2193250)

Publication date

21 Apr 2021