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Written by Eric Poehler   


PARP:PS is now working with and alongside a new archaeological project (The Pompeii Quadriporticus Project) established by Eric Poehler (UMASS Amherst) and Steven Ellis (Cincinnati).  With several excavated trenches from PARP:PS extending against the eastern side of the Quadriporticus, the initial aims of the PQP were to take advantage of this valuable and rare excavation data by combining it with the first detailed analysis of the entire monument’s stratified architectural features.

The Quadriporticus is located in the south of the ancient city of Pompeii, fitted between the so-called Triangular forum, the large theater and covered theater (Teatrum Tectum), the city's southern fortification wall and the Porta Stabia. The monumental structure has for a long time been identified with the gymnasia of the Hellenistic east. It contains a large, rectangular open area surrounded by a continuous four-sided colonnade. Behind this colonnade are a series of square rooms, except on the eastern side where the shapes of these rooms provide a record of the negotiation of the boundaries with the properties to the east at VIII.7.1-15. The research context of our study is broader still. Indeed, the Quadriporticus is the only unexamined area across a more than 250 meter transect of the city, from insula VIII.2 in the west and insula I.5 in the east.

For more information see the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project homepage

Last Updated on Friday, 18 February 2011 13:38