Many wealthy residents built their homes in Pompeii such as the House of the Faun named after its bronze statuette.
House of the Faun
The House of the Faun, also known as Casa del Fauno, is one of largest houses in Pompeii occupying one block or 3,000 square metres. The bronze statue of the Dancing Faun currently sits in the middle of a catch basin for rainwater. Here’s an interesting bit of info I found on Wikipedia about the owners of this particular house (the guide may have mentioned it at the time but I can’t remember): “Archaeologists discovered an inscription bearing the cognomen Saturninus, suggesting that the dwelling was owned by the important gens, or clan, Satria; a ring bearing the family name Cassius was also found, indicating that someone of the Cassii family married into the gens Satria and lived in the House of the Faun.”
One of the artworks found in the House of the Faun is the mosaic located in the dining area which depicts the battle of Issus between Alexander the Great and Darius III of Persia. I’ve included an image below of the entire mosaic courtesy of Wikipedia (I can never get my photos to look like that!). Actually, the one you see in Pompeii is a replica, of course.
The owners of the House of the Faun had, among other things, installed a private bath and a beautiful garden. Can you imagine the parties they must have had at this house?
I leave you a few more images of Pompeii. We only spent an afternoon there, not enough time to thoroughly explore it. Next time I go back, I plan to visit the ruins of Herculaneum; although smaller than Pompeii, it has better preserved items. If you’re ever in the south of Italy, around Naples, I would highly recommend squeezing in a visit to Pompeii.