of Loreius Tiburtinus
entrance of this house is on Via
dell'Abbondanza. It was attributed to Loreius
Tiburtinus or to Decimus
Ottavius Quartio, whose seal was found here.
is an elegant hall opening on the garden that is decorated with friezes
portraying the expeditions against Troy: the larger one on top portrays
the mythical expedition of Heracles
against Laomedon, while the
smaller one at the bottom portrays the historical expedition of the
Greeks against Priam. The
owner had himself portrayed on a wall of the house bald and dressed in
a long linen-tunic like a priest of Isis
Furthermore, he ordered the building of a long
(50 m.) bathing-pool in his garden.
The pool had the shape of a
and was decorated with ancient Egyptian statues (ibis, sphinxes, lions,
etc.). Thus, it is assumed that people initiated to the mysteries of Isis
used to meet there to attend artificial floodings of the garden that
simulated the sacred and fertile floods of the Nile.