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Alcove Fresco
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A detail of the fresco in Alcove 14 that is located in the southern Peristyle of the Garden of the House of Menander.

The fresco depicts Venus—in the center—and her Cherubs in a Temple setting.

The House of Menander is located to the southeast of the Roman Forum of Pompeii.  It is one of the largest and most opulent houses of Pompeii (19,000 sq ft.).  A personal seal and graffiti indicate that Quintus Poppaeus Sabinus was its owner.  He was a relative of the Empress Poppea Sabina, Nero's second wife.  Its name comes from a fresco of a famous Greek dramatist, Menander found on one of the walls.

Regio I, Insula X.4 (= Region 1, Block 10, Doorway 4 [plus others]) — Alcove 14.