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TH6  Basilica
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View looking south at the "Basilica" part of Unit 6.  This "Basilica" was constructed around A.D. 160 with an apse and a barrel vault.  Here guests and client were received  by the owner of the house.

The lower parts of the structure bear traces of marble decore; the upper parts of the walls and the barrel vault were decorated with frescoes.

In the foreground a shallow pool is filled with blue crates of marble pieces—waiting to be sorted!

Unit 6 is the largest and most elaborate of the Terrace Houses excavated.  Although it was originally constructed in the Early Roman Period this phase of Unit 6 dates to the second century A.D. when the Unit was rebuilt and expanded.  At that time it served the family of C. Flavius Furius Aptus who held municipal and priestly offices.   It was evidently destroyed by one of the earthquakes in the third century A.D.