Pompeii: Its Life and Art

By August Mau; Francis W. Kelsey | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XL
THE HOUSE OF THE TRAGIC POET

IN the "Last Days of Pompeii" the house of the Tragic Poet is presented to us as the home of Glaucus. Though not large, it was among the most attractive in the city. It received its present form and decoration not many years before the eruption,

Fig. 152. - Plan of the house of the Tragic-Poet.

1. Fauces.5. Porter's room.8. Tablinum.12,14 Sleeping room.
2,2. Shops.6,6. Sleeping rooms.9. Andron.13 Kitchen.
3. Atrium.6'. Storeroom.10. Peristyle.15. Dining room.
4,4. Stairways toupper floor7. Ala.11. House shrine.16. Posticum.

apparently after the earthquake of 63, and well illustrates the arrangements of the Pompeian house of the last years.

The house received its name at the time of excavation, in consequence of a curious misinterpretation of a painting -- now in the Naples Museum -- which was found in the tablinum. The subject is the delivery to Admetus of the oracle which declared that he must die unless some one should voluntarily meet death in his place. On one side sits Admetus, with his devoted queen Alcestis; opposite them is the messenger who is

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