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Regio VI

House of the Faun


The House of the Faun covers 3,000 square meters, an entire city block. Its grandeur and elegance is extraneous to the mediocre  surroundings of Campania, but is rather comparable to the princely residence of Pellas in Macedonia. It was built in second century B.C., during the Samnite period; it takes its name from the discovery of a small bronze statue (a dancing Faun) in the atrium. In 1831 on the exedra's pavement in the first peristyle, an enormous mosaic (5.12 X 2.77 m.) picturing the battle of Issos (333 B.C.) between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia. It is probably the mosaic copy of a famous painting of the Greek painter Philossenos (fourth  century  B.C.); a million and a half tiles (tesseræ) were needed for its execution.

The original mosaic is in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples and it has recently been reproduced with stones similar to the original ones (cut by a special machine and then hand worked reducing the stone to tesseræ of a millimeter and half) and put back in the exedra of the house.


House of Sallustius | House of Pansa

House of the Tragic Poet | House of Narcissus

House of the Large Fountain and the Small Fountain

House of the Black Anchor | House of the Faun

House of the Golden Cupids | House of the Vettii

House of the Labyrinth | House of Meleager

House of Apollo | Tower of Mercury

House of the Surgeon | Via di Mercurio

Vicolo Mercurio | Via Consolare

Vicolo Vettii | Herculaneum Gate

Necropolis of the Herculaneum Gate


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