I 10, 2-3
I 10, 2-3
No part of I 10, 2-3 is protected by a modern roof, and the house is now in such a ruinous condition as to render interpretation difficult. The form of the house, like that of 1 10, 1, is very irregular. It has a street frontage of much the same width as its neighbour, but loses space at the rear to the latter’s kitchen yard; at the same time, its backmost rooms (10-12) project into the property behind (I 10,18). The result is a plan which is relatively broad and symmetrical at the front (north) but becomes progressively attenuated, with its axis misplaced westwards, at the rear. A central fauces (I 10, 3), with a painted lararium niche in its east wall (Pl 12), leads from the street to a broad but shallow ‘atrium’ (4) which provides access to the remaining parts of the house. The room to the left of the fauces operated in the final years as a shop (110, 2), with a wide opening to the street (Pl 3) and an L-shaped counter in the front part; it remained accessible from the interior of the house through a doorway into the eastern part of the ‘ atrium’, but also had an independent back room (8), which was separated from the ‘atrium’ by a timber-framed partition. The room to the right of the fauces (room 5) was roughly 2.80 m. square, with a fair-sized window (just under 1 m. wide and just over 1 m. tall) high up in the centre of its north wall (Fig. 39 (S26); cf. Pl 27) and a doorway from the ‘atrium’ (Pl 13) at its south-east corner. It retains a decorated pavement and (under a later decoration) wall-plaster of the period of the First Pompeian Style; there are also traces of a segmental vault evidently going back to the same phase. The ‘atrium’ is perhaps even less deserving of the name than its counterpart in 110,1. It is less than 3 m. deep and acts as little more than a hallway providing access between the fauces and the other parts of the house.
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