Pompeii, Postcards, Display Case

Pompeii and the Casa dei Vettii: Postcards from the Ingalls Library Collection

Submitted by Louis Adrean on

To accompany the Pompeii exhibition, a selection of postcards is currently on exhibit in the Ingalls Library display case.

The Casa dei Vettii, named after its owners, is one of the most familiar monuments of Roman domestic architecture. It is one of the few large houses not looted by treasure-hunters before it was excavated. Equally famous are the wall paintings, often referred to as among the finest in all of Roman art.

The house was apparently inhabited by two brothers, Aulus Vettius  Conviva and Aulus Vettius Restitutus; two bronze seals bearing  these names and a ring inscribed with the letters A.V. Co., were discovered in the house. The size of the dwelling and the opulent interior decoration are testament to the relative affluence of the owners. Unfortunately, the source of the family's wealth remains unknown. Because four large wine vessels were discovered in the house, it is assumed that the family may have been engaged in the production and sale of wine. It is thought that the initial construction of the house began sometime during the second century B.C.