Give me an incentive to work on this project by
sharing this link on your social media, forums and other
You can also donate to help my project.
House of M. Fabius Rufus
Address: Regio VII, Insula 16
The House of M. Fabius Rufus stands on Vico del
Pharmacist Street. The house was first excavated in 1759 and again
in 1910, 1940 and for several years between 1958 and 1980. The
building consists of several houses that were combined to make up
the largest common dwelling found so far in Pompeii (the area
painted pink in the opposite plan is also known separately as the
House of Maia Castritius). The House of M. Fabius Rufus is located to the
west of the Pompeii forum. The complex is built on four levels with an
entrance on the city side in the northeast corner of the building,
corresponding to the third floor.
The entrance opens from the
west side of Vico del Pharmacist and leads directly to a rather
modest atrium. The atrium (a), having a central view, opens onto a
terrace (b) through a wide doorway on the west side. This house,
together with its neighbors on the western edge of Pompeii, was
built over the old city wall after the 80s BC.
Plan House of M. Fabius Rufus (Pompeii)
of M. Fabius Rufus - multi-storey building with a vertical layout.
Therefore, entering the atrium, in order to get to the main
reception rooms, it was necessary to go down the stairs to the lower
levels, where the guest rooms were located. These rooms were
brightly lit with large windows overlooking the Gulf of Naples. In
ancient times, water splashed near the walls of Pompeii, but the
lava from the subsequent eruptions pushed the coastline rather far
At the lower level of the complex, a staircase opens
onto the landing (c), which was covered with a black mosaic floor,
framed by a white double frame. On these steps were found the bodies
of three people. Plaster casts of these bodies remain in place. The
fourth body was found in the central hall.
The large central reception room (j) has a large bay window
overlooking the sea (in the photo below). The room is decorated with
frescoes in the fourth style with black panels, separated by
frescoes of mythological content over the lower black decorative
frieze. The upper zone contains a continuation of the mythological
theme, alternating with small standing figures on black surface.
Kitchen of the House of M. Fabius Rufus.
Surprisingly, the toilet was located here. Although in fairness they
had a sewer with water from an aqueduct. But they also had their own
Items from the kitchen