Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Building [B22]: Meeting Place of the Wool-workers (I CE) Pompeii - Campania

Pompeii (Campania, Italy — Pleiades map), I CE
Moeller 1972 = Bollmann 1998, 451-455 (B14; fig. 83) = Paul Zanker, Pompeii: Public and Private Life (Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 1998) 93-101 (fig. 45; photos 46-50). = AGRW ID# 24168


Description: Located in region VII xi 1, this large rectangular building has an open courtyard surrounded by a colonnade (porticus), behind which is a three-sided covered gallery (cryptoporticus). The building is entered through a spacious portico with four recesses for statues. Opposite the entrance is an apse in which was found a statue of Concordia Augusta.  At each end of the wall with the apse are exedrae, probably for statues of members of the imperial family. Originally identified as the wool market, the building was reassessed by Moeller as the headquarters of the association of wool-workers (fullones, clothing fullers and dyers). Only part of the building was used as a wool exchange (the chalcidicum).  However, Bollmann challenges this interpretation and excludes the building from her list. During the reign of Tiberius, a civic priestess named Eumachia dedicated the building to the cult of Concordia Augusta and Pietas. Her statue was found in the cryptoporticus with an inscription dedicating it to her by the wool-workers.

Translation by: Ascough

Photo by Harland.

Photo of Eumachia statue by Harland.

Item added: March 16, 2020
Item modified: March 16, 2020
ID number: 24168
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