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Atrium
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A view looking south at the atrium of the southern domus of the House of Julia Felix.  In the center of the image note the rectangular pool (impluvium) as well as the preserved frescos on the walls.  On the left side of this atrium, not visible, was the tablinum where the whole wall was removed to "preserve" the fresco.


The house of Julia Felix (Praedia di Giulia Felice) is a very large complex that was rebuilt after the earthquake of A.D. 62.  It is located just to the northwest of the Amphitheater.  Two blocks (insulae) of Pompeii were combined into one to form it.  The complex consists of four parts: an atrium house, a large formal garden, a bath complex, and a large working garden.

From an inscription, it is known that it was owned by Julia Felix and parts of it were available to be rented to the elite of Pompeii.