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House of the Small Palaestra

The so-called “The House of the Small Palaestra” Pompeii 8.2.22-23 (also sometimes identified as the Baths of Sarno, or the House of the Wrestlers) is thought to have been a bath complex incorporated into a private house.

Comprehensively redecorated after the earthquake of AD 62. The large fresco on the south wall of its central aula (reception room) displays an elaborate, three-doored, architectural facade, with figures standing in various aedicules.

This study takes as its starting point von Cube's observation (1906, pp.28-32) that there is a correlation between the layout of this fresco and that of the stage of the Large Theatre at Pompeii.

Research by Drew Baker