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The House of the Vettii The House of the Vettii

Basic Information n n Dates from around 1 st century BC 1 100 m Basic Information n n Dates from around 1 st century BC 1 100 m squared in area and occupies less than 1/3 of insula Limited axial symmetry; south ala was walled off (storeroom? ) Peristylium set at 90 degrees to entrance axis Secluded area on eastern side containing one large and two smaller rooms, may have been used as women’s quarters; however evidence for this not strong

Annotate your floor plan a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) Vestibulum Annotate your floor plan a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) Vestibulum Fauces Atrium Tuscanium Ala Oecus Cubiculum Ala j) k) l) m) n) Portico Peristylium Oecus/triclinium (Pentheus room) o) p) q) Oecus/triclinium (Ixion room) Triclinium r) s) t) u) v) w) x) Peristylium Triclinium Cubicula impluvium Culina Cubiculum

Entry - Priapus Entry - Priapus

Atrium Atrium

Atrium - Cupids Atrium - Cupids

Lararium Lararium

Pentheus Room Pentheus Room

Pentheus Room - Heracles Pentheus Room - Heracles

Dirce The wife of King Lycus. To fulfil his oath to his brother Nycteus, Dirce The wife of King Lycus. To fulfil his oath to his brother Nycteus, king of Thebes, to get his daughter Antiope back, Lycus and his army marched towards Sicyon, destroyed the city and killed Antiope's husband Epopeus. Lycus put Antiope in his wife's care, but Dirce mistreated Antiope severely, using her as a slave. Antiope managed to escape and was finally reunited with her sons Amphion and Zethus, her children with Zeus. Her twins exacted a terrible vengeance upon Dirce. They tied her to the horns of a wild bull and in that fashion she was killed.

Pentheus Room Pentheus Room

Ixion Room Ixion Room

Daedalus presents the wooden cow to Pasiphae Minos was challenged as king and prayed Daedalus presents the wooden cow to Pasiphae Minos was challenged as king and prayed to Poseidon for help. Poseidon sent a giant white bull out of the sea. Minos planned on sacrificing the bull to Poseidon, but then decided not to. He substituted a different bull. In rage, Poseidon cursed Pasiphae, Minos' wife, with zoophilia. Daedalus built her a wooden cow, which she hid inside. The bull mated with the wooden cow and Pasiphae was impregnated by the bull, giving birth to a horrible monster, the Minotaur. Daedalus then built a complicated maze called the Labyrinth and Minos put the Minotaur in it. To make sure no one would ever know the secret of the Labyrinth, Minos imprisoned Daedalus and his son, Icarus, in a tower. Daedalus and Icarus flew away on wings Daedalus invented, but Icarus' wings melted because he flew too close to the sun. Icarus fell in the sea and drowned.

The Punishment of Ixion tried to take revenge upon Zeus, by seducing Hera. When The Punishment of Ixion tried to take revenge upon Zeus, by seducing Hera. When Zeus learned of Ixion's plan, Zeus fashioned a cloud to look like his wife and consort. Most authors say that the cloud or false Hera was named Nephele. When the unsuspecting Ixion boasted of having slept with Hera, Zeus sent him to Tartarus where he was to suffer from eternal punishment. Ixion was chained to a fiery wheel, which revolved around from ceaseless wind.

Ariadne and Bacchus Ariadne and Bacchus

Culina Culina

Peristylium Peristylium

Peristylium Walkway Peristylium Walkway

Garden Garden

Triclinium with cupids Triclinium with cupids