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Bakery of Sotericus

 Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii

 

 

 

Location: Regio I
Insula 12
Area: Bakery - 520 square meters. The house is 157 sq. meters
Rooms: Bakery- 14, House- 6

 

 

 

 

Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii    Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii  Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii

The Pistrinum of Sotericus or Bakery of Sotericus lies along Via dell' Abbondanza of Pompeii. The name of the owner Sotericus was etched on amphorae and on the walls of this large business enterprise. Bakery worked on a large scale for the citizens of Pompeii. There was even a vestibule covered by plaster and frescoes that was intended for customers. Here they could sit on long benches and wait for their turn to receive bread loafs they ordered. Unfortunately much of decorations are gone today.

 

The building actually consists of two parts. On the one hand there is a bakery (Pistrinum), and on the other hand there is a small house of Sotericus himself (Caupona) where his family lived. Both buildings were connected by a door. The owner of the house could easily get to work straight. Sotericus' bakery on the map is marked with the letter A, and his private house is marked with the letter B. Both buildings were opened in 1924 and again between 1953 and 1961.

 

 

 

 

Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii

Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii  Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii

Private House of Sotericus

House of Sotericus is located on the south side of the Via Del Abbondanza Road (Via Dell; Abbondanza) and east of the bakery that belonged to the same Sotericus. This building was excavated in 1914. The head of the goddess Minerva flaunted on the facade of the Necoda. However, today this drawing is almost not visible. The building itself got its name thanks to the graffiti to the right of the entrance which says: "I, Sotericus, asks to choose Aulus Trebiy as an aedilus (government position)." Aedil was called the city master, who ran public buildings and regulated public festivals, that is, the position included distribution of bread to masses. Apparently Sotericus was a friend of a politician or his business partner and therefore used his bakery for political advertising. Anyone who came here to buy his bread saw this inscription at the very counter. Sotericus himself and his family lived in this house. That part of the house that went outside was turned into a store of bread and other flour products.

Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii  Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii

The house itself was different from the bakery with rich frescoes and various motifs. So on one of the walls you will see an image of a dog. These are warnings for the enemies of the host. In general, the topic of dogs is widely developed in Pompeii. They were depicted on mosaics, walls, etc.

 

Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii  Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii 

Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii  Bakery of Sotericus Pompeii