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BUILDING OF EUMACHIA - POMPEII

BUILDING OF EUMACHIA - POMPEII

On the eastern side of the Foro, there’s a majestic and elegant building with a marble frieze above the portal. Two inscriptions attribute this building to Eumachia, a priestess of Venus and owner of a flourishing business operating in the wool industry, which she had inherited from her husband. Indeed this is thought to be the seat of the Corporation of wool and cloth manufacturers, although another interpretation claim that the building was dedicated by the priestess to the Gens Iulia and was used for cult worship of the Emperor Augustus through the statues of his ancestor. The building itself dates from the Tiberian age and looks onto the Forum from a façade with two apses and four rectangular niches which housed statues. A large courtyard inside the building was surrounded by a two-storey colonnade with an apse that housed a statue of the Concordia Augusta on a podium. Behind the apse, was found the statue of Eumachia.

 
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