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of Marcus Lucretius Fronto
Marcus Lucretius Fronto was a member of one of the most important families to settle in Pompeii during the Augustan age. This house was modest in size but shows refined decoration in the Third Style, 35-45 A.D. The House of Marcus Lucretius Fronto contains frescoes representing Narcissus at the Fountain, the Toilet of Venus, and Theseus and Ariadne. A raised garden with typical African landscape is at the back of the house.
The House of Marcus Lucretius contains a fresco of the Wedding of Mars and Venus. A room to the left of the garden contains a painting that shows a writing-case and a letter addressed to Marcus Lucretius, priest of Mars and decurion of the city. Toward the rear of the garden, water from a mosaic fountain came out of a marble statue of Silenus.
The exterior of the House of Trebius Valens attracts attention because it seems to have been used for public notices such as advertisements for public spectacles in the amphitheatre. The interior of the house has an unusual checkered design on the back wall of the peristyle. The house also has a triclinium (dining room) under an arbor with twelve water spouts, and a small private bathroom behind the kitchen.
The House of Loreius Tibertinus is the house of the priest of Isis. During the sacred holidays, the overflowing of the Nile was reproduced here. The arched loggia, raised above the level of the garden, had a canal running through it. The dining room has scenes form the Iliad, Latin inscriptions, and fragments of an episode of the myth of Hercules.
Villa of the Mysteries is a typical example of a luxurious suburban house containing a farm annex. The house is built on a steep slope facing the sea. An artificial embankment under the home contains the "cryptoporticus," used as a cellar.
The main rooms consist of an atrium, "oeci" (type of dining room), house facilities around a peristyle including a tetrastyle atrium with a bathroom, a tablinum and an exedra with semi-circular windows. There is also a courtyard with kitchens, oven and servants' quarters, and a farm area for a farm manager and equipment.
The villa is richly decorated with frescoes known as "trompe l'oeil" in the Second Style. In the room of the Large Painting a cycle of frescoes was dedicated to the Dionysiac ceremonies.
Other paintings depict a group of women assisting in a sacrificial ceremony, an old Silenus sings and plays while a young woman offers her breast to a fawn, and Silenus offers a young Satyr to drink.
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