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Le case di Ercolano - parte 2

Le case di Ercolano - parte 2

The typical house in Herculaneum is smaller than the one in Pompeii; however, partly due to the conversion of the city in its later period into a resort center, the houses were often elaborately and lavishly decorated, and they were often preceded by porticoes with brick columns, built following the damaging earthquake of 62 as earthquake-proof measures so as to reinforce the facades and support balconies and galleries; another peculiarity was the absence in the atrium of the 'impluvium, or at any rate this had lost its original function in Herculaneum because almost all the houses had their own well or were connected to the water network, which came into operation after the construction of the Serino aqueduct.