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House of Julia Felix

 House of Julia Felix Pompeii

 

 

 

Location: Regio II

Insula 4

 

 

 

House of Julia Felix  House of Julia Felix

Julia Felix or Julia "The Fortunate One" was a rich Roman woman who owned this splendid residence that took the whole block of Pompeii. Julia Felix was lucky enough to be born in a rich and influential family. Along with her famous name she inherited a large fortune.

 

House of Julia Felix PompeiiAt the time of its construction Mansion of Julia Felix was well furnished and beautifully decorated. Various statues around the house gave the residence its stylish appearance. However the villa was badly damaged in an earthquake of 62 AD just a decade before the final destruction of Pompeii. Inventive and smart women quickly used her private property to rent out to the locals those houses and business were completely destroyed by this natural disaster. She quickly increased her fortunate through extra income to become a prominent public figure in Pompeii.

 

Graffiti on the facade of House of Julia Felix states:

To let, for the term of five years, from the thirteenth day of next August to the thirteenth day of the sixth August thereafter, the Venus bath, fitted up for the best people, shops, rooms over shops, and second-story apartments in the property owned by Julia Felix, daughter of Spurius.

 

Her residence was first discovered in 1755, but it was completely explored only in the 20th century. Unfortunately, no one knew that the voids preserved the forms of the dead people, so no one poured plaster into the voids in the territory of this beautiful villa. We don't know how many people perished on that day or whether Julia Felix was among them.

 

Archaeologists discovered an interesting heating system underneath its floors. Heated water would flow underneath the residents of the apartment thus conducting heat inside rooms of the villa during colder winter months. Additionally they discovered a nymphaem or a grotto of nymphs with a water stair fountain. It was probably a favorite place for Julia to relax and escape loud street of busy urban life. In the corner of the garden of the House of Julia Felix there were baths for Julia herself and her guests. Judging by the inscription mentioned above, this bath had the romantic name of Baths of Venus.

 

 

 

House of Julia Felix Pompeii  House of Julia Felix Pompeii

 

House of Julia Felix Pompeii