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.
This house was excavated in 1799 and to the rear of the tablinium there was a portico which enclosed an area surrounded by a gutter. Openings were cut in the floor where the twelve supporting columns stood to allow light into the rooms below in the volcanic ledge. Mazois and Fiorelli labeled this area a hanging garden because of this configuration. A grand view of the Bay of Naples and the mountains could be enjoyed from the terraces on two levels in this house, and potted plants and shrubs may have been placed there.
- Boyce, Corpus of the Lararia of Pompeii, Memoris of the American Academy in Rome (1937), p. 74 (worldcat)
- Breton, Pompeia, 3rd ed. p. 502 (worldcat)
- Dyer, Pompeii, 3rd ed. p. 441 (worldcat)
- Fiorelli, Descrizione di Pompei, p. 442 (worldcat)
- Jashemski, Gardens, vol. II, p. 205 (worldcat)
- Maiuri, Notizie degli scavi di Antichita (1933), p. 272 (worldcat)
- Mazois, Les ruines de Pompei dessinees et mesurees pendant les annees (1809-1810-1811), 2:62 and pls. 21 (plan), 22 (worldcat)
- Niccolini, Antonio, Fausto, and Felice, Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei designati e descritti, vol. 3, “Topografia,” pl. 6 (plan) (worldcat)
- Noack and Lehmann-Hartleben, Baugeschichtliche Untersuchungen am Stadtrand von Pompeji, pp. 114-121 passim and figs. 32 on p. 116, 33 on p. 117 (plans) and pl. 17 (plan), pl. 26 (reconstruction) (worldcat)
- Fiorelli,ed. Pompeianarum Antiquitatum Historia (May 16, 1800), vol. 1, pt. 2, p. 173 (worldcat)
Wilhelmina Jashemski (https://lib.guides.umd.edu/c.php?g=326514&p=2193250)
21 Apr 2021