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Gell, William
Pompeiana: the topography, edifices and ornaments of Pompeii ; the result of excavations since 1819 ; in two volumes (Band 2) — London, 1832

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imagined the house of the Roman quaestor
of the city, renders it an object of more than
ordinary interest, and the observer is, con-
sequently, disposed to lament that it has not
been better preserved, and restored, as nearly
as possible, to its original state. This would
have cost but a trifling sum, and the lower
story, which was the principal apartment,
might have afforded an excellent idea of
Roman houses in general. The walls of the
second story, or what is commonly called the
first floor in a modern house, existed in some
portions of the dwelling, but in so tottering
a state that it was thought necessary to re-
move them, lest they should ruin the lower
part in their fall. A projecting cornice of
stone ran in front toward the street of the
Mercuries, but it is not clear whether it was
situated between the two stories or on the top
of the house, though some vestiges of orna-
ment, yet visible on the wall, seem to render
the former position probable. This cornice is
remarkable for the lyres and dolphins roughly
sculptured on the stone, not unlike that given
in Plate LXXV., painted white or yellow
on a red ground, which yet remains.