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Photos of Pompeii
by Iain Dickson ('Melvadius')

A few photographs as a taster of what can be seen in Pompeii

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Mosaic floor from a Vestibulum in Pompeii showing a hunting scene.

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Mosaic floor in the atrium of "the House of Paquius Proculus or C Pansa" in Pompeii. This mosaic is described as being in the form of a carpet and in the centre of the atrium can be seen the basin for the impluvium, which would have collected rainwater from an opening in the roof.

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Looking down into the Arena at Pompeii from the western side of the stands.

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Large Paleastra at Pompeii - This area was primarily used by men from the town for athletic training.

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The "House of Loreio Tiburtino" has had the garden recreated much as it may have looked prior to the eruption of Vesuvius.

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Not all spaces found in the volcanic ash during the excavations of Pompeii were the remains of humans and some, now filled with concrete, reveal the shapes of the original shuttering (left of picture) used to close the open frontage of shops. On the right the remains of a large door for a gateway into a house can also be seen.

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Not all of the wall paintings have been moved into museums so some can still be found in a few areas of Pompeii.

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Statue in the Temple of Apollo

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In several streets ruts are visible in the surface, showing the routes that wagons and carts took through the town. On the left of the picture can also be seen one of the shops (thermopolium) with a space just visible in the counter. This space would originally have contained a large pot for the sale of food; many had small fires underneath them to keep food hot.

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Interior fresco, showing some of the elaborate detailed work that was fairly typical in the wealthier buildings in Pompeii.

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Some decorative features such as graffiti, or as here a small bust, are covered by glass to protect them from further damage.

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Detail showing wall mounted bust with original scratch marks and other damage to the wall around it from passing carts.

Melvadius Macrinus Cugerni/ Iain Dickson