The House of Julius Polybius

3d model and reconstruction

The House of Julius Polybius

The house has come to life again thanks to a long and elaborate process of interdisciplinary study based on the diaries of the excavation, drawn up in the 70s, and other analytical data, achieved by Altair 4 Multimedia on request of the University of Tokyo, specifically of Prof. Masanori Aoyagi with the assistance by Dr. Annamaria Ciarallo, head of the laboratory of Applied Research of the Archaeological Soprintendenza of Pompeii.

To obtain the elaboration of the video, Altair 4 of Rome performed a digital restoration on tens of frescos, a virtual reconstruction of all the house and the dynamics of the eruption and its impact, which involved 12 scientists, modelers and 3D graphics, for a total of over 10,000 hours working.

The complex reconstruction work was displayed with three-dimensional processing that accompanies the viewer to discover the rooms of the house, rebuilt in every detail, including the exact position of the objects of daily use, as well as have been found. The aim of the film is to give the visitor back a house still ‘alive’, just a moment before the catastrophe, and to illustrate its destruction and rediscovery. This narration can, therefore, be considered exemplary for the entire ancient town.

Some rare historical pictures showing the house at the time of its discovery, have been superimposed to the corresponding virtual images: this leap in time allows us to perceive and compare the vision of what remained with what has been reconstructed virtually.

Apart from the images in the viewer, on request, it is possible to have videos or other images from different perspectives.

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The House of Julius Polybius

The house of Gaius Julius Polybius in via dell’Abbondanza is one of the most ancient Pompeian houses of the second century B.C., being an example of private classic Samnite building of Pompeii.

It is a domus of the type with double atrium, one entirely covered, the other with compluvium but devoid of columns, and peristyle that leads to the rear environments; beside the service area with the kitchen, which contains a fresco of a painted lararium, for the worship of Lares, protective household gods of the hearth.

In triclini rooms, on the bottom of the structure, among other we can admire white background paintings attributed to the late ‘third style’. In one of the rooms it was recovered an important deposit of bronze objects relevant to the banquet, and a statue of Apollo, also in bronze, piled probably work in progress, as is shown by the discovery of a lime pile in the first hall. The facade is austere and the foyer, not very big but well developed in height, has walls decorated in the first style and has a unique “false door” painted.