House of Aristide and the House of Argo (Casa di Aristide e Casa d'Argo)
Location: Insula II
House of Aristide and the House of Argo
The house of Aristide and the house of Argus are
two large villas that were excavated in the early days of
archaeological excavations. Unfortunately, both houses were badly
damaged during the eruption and subsequent excavations from the time
of the Bourbons, which were no less destructive. Many murals were
simply knocked down from the walls.
House of Aristide (Herculaneum)
house of Aristide was named after the statue found here. Initially,
it was believed that this was a statue of Aristide, but later it
became clear that the statue belongs to the Greek politician
Aeschineus. However, the name remains the same. Apparently the owner
of the house was a prominent public and political figure who wanted
to show respect for the teachers of the past. As you know, tradition
and the past played an important role in the life of the Romans. It
was the whole society.
The entrance (a) to the building opens
from the west side of Cardo III Street directly onto a small atrium
(b) or a living room complete with a central pool (home pool), but
the rest of the house is not particularly well preserved. The
bourbons destroyed the wall (s) on the north side of the atrium
between the House of Aristide and the House of Argus, so you can
enter the building through the northern wall of the atrium from the
peristyle of the House of Argus and vice versa.
House of Argus (Herculaneum)
house of Argus was named after a fresco depicting Io and Argus,
which was located on the walls of the house next to a spacious
garden-peristal, surrounded by a beautiful colonnade. Today the
fresco is lost.
The entrance to the house of Argus, located
on the western side of Cardo III, was initially a small gate
(posticum), since the main entrance, which remains to be excavated.
He led into the house from Cardo II Street in the west. The bourbons
destroyed the section of wall (e) between the House of Aristide and
the House of Argus, so you can now enter the building through the
northern wall of the atrium of the House of Aristide. The entrance
opens in the northeast corner of the square hall (a). There are
several gypsum remains in the room, but there is no surviving
decoration. On the south side of the hall, the door leads to the
large peristyle (b) - the courtyard, which is surrounded on three
sides by a colonnade. Along the eastern side of the peristyle is a
series of small rooms.