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 VIII


Insula II


Garden Description

This house was excavated in 1885. The entrance at 37 went into the atrium and beyond that, up two steps, was the peristyle with a portico on three sides supported by stuccoed columns, only three of which have remained to date. The first intercolumniation on the north-east was filled with a wall. A gutter surrounded this area, which was paved, with a narrow masonry pool at the south end. All that remained of the pool was a depression in the pavement. Potted plants would have been placed around the pool and the area would have served as a garden. Terraces overlooking the bay and mountains were located on the street level and one level lower at the back of the houses, and a portico was built just before the lower terrace at the back of house 36.


Plan of the Pompeii Region VIII, Insula II

Plan of the Pompeii Region VIII, Insula II

Plan of the Pompeii Region VIII, Insula II, 29-39

Plan of the Pompeii Region VIII, Insula II, 29-39

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Excavation Dates



  • Jashemski, Gardens, vol. II, p. 209 (worldcat)
  • Mau, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archaologischen Instituts (1886), pp. 206-207 and pl. 12 (plan) [
  • Mazois, Les ruines de Pompei dessinees et mesurees pendant les annees, vol. 2, pls. 32, 33 (worldcat)
  • Niccolini, Antonio, Fausto, and Felice, Le case ed i monumenti di Pompei designati e descritti, vol. 4, “Nuovi scavi,” pp. 16, 17 (worldcat)
  • Noack and Lehmann-Hartleben,Baugeschichtliche Untersuchungen am Stadtrand von Pompeji, pp. 31-44 passim, pls. 5, 6 (plans) and 21 (reconstruction) (worldcat)
  • Sogliano, Notizie degli scavi di Antichita (1885), p. 535 and plan on pp. 253 and 533. (worldcat)


Wilhelmina Jashemski (

Publication date

21 Apr 2021