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Nuovi dati sull’area occidentale del Foro civile di Pompei

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This paper aims to contribute to the compilation of a consistent periodization of the entire monumental complex of the civil forum of Pompeii, through the historical and architectural study of one of the least explored areas of the square located in the western sector, between the sanctuary of Apollo and the granary. The building, whose date is almost unknown, represents an important proof of the architecture built in tuff stone that characterizes one of the most significant phases of the entire forensic area. The architectural and structural analysis of the building in addition to providing important information about the evolution of the entire western sector of the forum, has led to the recognition of a local workshop in Nucera dealing with the manufacturing of the tuff, which was so active in Pompeii as in the neighboring centers. The analysis also offered preliminary but innovative tools allowing a systematic interpretation of the architecture of this period concerning both the city and its territory.

Lo hestiatorion dell’Asklepieion di Kos

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Livadiotti hestiatorion

This paper resumes the text of the IV mimiamb of Herodas, which, set at the Asklepieion of Kos, tells of the visit at the sanctuary of two women and their sacrifice of a cock to the god. In his tale the poet describes the monuments and works of art encountered and admired by the characters, description that has been widely studied and analyzed especially with regard to the altar, with the statues made by the sons of Praxiteles, and the famous paintings on the walls of the pronaos of the temple. So far, however, no scholar has focused on the last verses of the poem, in which, after the sacrifice of the cock, the two women purposed to go and eat their meal in the nearby oikoi. Taking inspiration from the text of Herodas, the article will confirm the destination as a ritual banquet hall of the building immediately to the south of the temple, the so-called “building D”, generally known as abaton; towards it, in fact, the two women may have gone after sacrifice to eat their meal.