pot on the ash
the big houses, rich of frescos, statues and decorums, emerges from the
excavations a more modest reality, but not less important for the
recovery of the whole city. The
emerging daily life is impressive.
a house of the Regio I it has been
found the kitchen as if it had been left a few minutes before: the
terracotta pot is still on the ash
in the superior part of the fireplace, while in the inferior part,
under the arc made of bricks, other dishes kept foods
hot. Some amphoras, for water, are against the wall.
a close room, other amphoras are
still lined upside-down, to make them drained before bottling the wine
of the vintage. A lot of families had piece of grounds were they
cultivated vines for domestic use or for a small commerce.
rusticity, the raw state of the walls, the stone floor must not amaze.
In the most elegant houses, the environments of service were deprived
of every comfort: in fact, they were frequented by slaves
where they worked hard and nobody cared to mitigate their work.
is known that Romans, so good in
resolving technical matters about great
buildings, never tried to resolve small domestic
difficulties. It was slaves’ job, not paid, therefore without an