Macellum (VII,9,7-8)

The building, which was the city's main market, dates from the 2nd cent. BC and underwent subsequent renovations: the bases in front of the entrance portico held commemorative statues of illustrious citizens. The interior has a porticoed courtyard with shops: the 12 bases in the center acted as stands for wooden poles that supported a conical roof; at the back, the room to the right was used for the sale of meat and fish, the one on the left perhaps for banquets in the emperor's honor, to whom was dedicated a sacellum in the center of the back wall. The northwest wall has frescoes in ‘fourth style’: fantasy architectural elements alternating with panels of isolated figures, paintings of mythological figures, popular still lifes.
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