|The outside garden behind the house|
|Rob's sketch of the layout of the house|
MY SKETCH OF THE HOUSE - As we walked through the Menander house, I (Rob) sketched the layout because it's hard to understand all of the facets of the house from individual photos. It was quite a layout.
|Painting of Meander|
WHOSE HOUSE WAS IT? The house belonged to the Poppei family and was built starting in the 3rd century B.C.
SILVER FOUND IN THE HOUSE - This house is also known as the "house of the silverware" because of the collection of pieces found in a chest in the cellars of the house. There were 118 pieces of silver as well as numerous others made of gold and coins.
|Cat's Eye Marble Chip Flooring|
WHAT IS CAT'S EYE MARBLE CHIP FLOORING? - This decorative marble floor was amazingly intact after all the ash was cleared from the home. It had reflective properties, too. When they cast the concrete for the floors, they embedded marble chips. At night, the torch light reflected off the marble chips. It worked so well inside they embedded polished marble in concrete of the streets.
PAINTED WALLS! Think about this - 1,938 years later, some of the walls in the Menander house still held onto their yellowish color! Amazing.
|Painted walls still retain some color!|
OTHER DETAILS - There were designs carved on different ceilings, there were paintings on various walls and there were mosaic tile floors still in many of the rooms.
|detailed mosaic floor|
|Detailed carving on ceiling|
|Another mosaic floor|
NEXT: THE INTERESTING STREETS OF POMPEII