Thursday, September 23, 2021

Pompeii Virtual Walk: Part 1 of the 4th 30-minute segment

This segment of the Pompeii Virtual Walk video includes the House of the Dioscuri, the House of Adonis Wounded, the House of Meleager, the House of Apollo, one of the fortification towers, the House of the Small Fountain, the House of the Large Fountain, the House of the Anchor, and the Arch of Caligula.

As stated before, I have used Topaz Sharpen AI to remove the slight motion blur in screen captures as well as Adobe Camera Raw to adjust clarity, texture, highlights, shadows, and occasionally haze and white balance. I increase dynamic contrast and add a subtle vignette with On1 Photo Raw Effects and remove distracting visitors and replace empty skies with Photoshop and its Sky Replacement feature, changing the blend mode from Screen to Multiply where necessary to avoid extensive editing of the masking layer.

Note: Better images of the interior Fourth Style frescoes in the House of the Small Fountain taken with still cameras can be seen on Wikimedia Commons:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/.../Category:House_of_the...

You can explore the Pompeii Walk video yourself here - no special hardware is required:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUYJ8LbF1Ys



Arch of Caligula once clad in marble topped with an equestrian statue of the emperor at the southern end of the Via di Mercurio Pompeii


Fortification tower known as Torre XI



Structures across the street from the House of the Small Fountain


Fourth Style frescoed room in the House of the Small Fountain



Fourth Style frescoed room in the House of the Small Fountain

Fourth style frescoes to the left of the fountain in the peristyle of the House of the Small Fountain excavated in 1827

Fountain with bronze sculpture of a fisherman in the House of the Small Fountain

Indoor fountain with bronze sculpture of a fisherman in the House of the Small Fountain

Tablinum in the House of the Small Fountain excavated in 1827 

Atrium of the House of the Small Fountain

Frescoed room with storage amphora across from the fountain depicting Mercury

House of Adonis Wounded excavated in 1835

House of Apollo excavated in 1830s

House of Meleager excavated 1829 entrance with view of the atrium and impluvium 

House of the Dioscuri excavated in 1826


Large Mosaic Fountain with theater masks and cascading waterfall in the House of the Large Fountain 

Lower Level Garden in the House of the Anchor excavated in 1826 
Atrium of the House of the Anchor with impluvium, puteal, and drain to the cistern



Mosaics in the Fauces (Entrance) to the House of the Anchor excavated in 1826 

Public fountain depicting the god Mercury along the Via di Mercurio






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Friday, September 17, 2021

Virtual Pompeii Walking Tour - 3rd 30 minute segment

The 3rd 30 minutes of the 5 hour walking tour of Pompeii includes the Forum Baths (men's section - the women's section is still being restored), thermopolia, and bakeries supplying the majority of inhabitants with their daily sustenance since usually only the wealthier homes included kitchens. You will also see the Herculaneum Gate, the Herculaneum Gate necropolis, the Villa of Diomede, and the House of Sallust.

The House of Sallust, originally built during the Samnite period in the 4th century BCE, was eventually expanded and converted to a hotel in the 2nd century BCE. It was originally called the House of Actaeon because of a beautiful fresco depicting the myth of Actaeon in the expanded addition housing the women's quarters. Fortunately, it was captured in a wonderful watercolor by Josef Theodor Hansen in 1886 before it was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in 1943. Several years ago I researched the structure for three months including translating relevant sections of the Pompeianarum Antiquitatum Historia so I could comprehensively expand the English Wikipedia article for it. If you look at the first image on the right in the Wikipedia article, you will see the thermopolium in the photograph below in the background from the opposite perspective. I was hoping to explore more of the house on the virtual walk but it only included the one viewpoint. The videographer did not record the rooms viewable from the other gated apertures.
Here's a link to the House of Sallust article on Wikipedia:
All of these images are screen captures from Pompeii Walking Tour 2020 video courtesy of the POMPEII ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK and ProWalk Tours. Note: ProWalk Tours as producer of the original video footage has agreed to allow my derivative still images to be licensed with Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike. I have used Topaz Sharpen AI to remove the slight motion blur in screen captures as well as Adobe Camera Raw to adjust clarity, texture, highlights, shadows, and occasionally haze and white balance. I increased dynamic contrast and added a subtle vignette with On1 PhotoRaw Effects and removed distracting visitors and replaced empty skies with Photoshop and its Sky Replacement feature, changing the blend mode from Screen to Multiply to avoid excessive editing of the mask layer. You can explore the video yourself here - no special hardware is required:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUYJ8LbF1Ys 

Forum Baths Pompeii Walk


Atlas (or Hercules) figures in the Tepidarium of the Forum Baths Pompeii Walk

Bench with bull heads in the tepidarium of the Forum Baths Pompeii Walk

Caldarium with Labrum in the Forum Baths Pompeii Walk

Closeup of Labrum inscription stating its cost as 5250 sesterces in the calddarium of the Forum Baths Pompeii Walk

Forum Baths male section interior frigidarium Pompeii Walk

Forum Baths male section interior frigidarium Pompeii Walk

Forum Baths male section interior of the frigidarium Pompeii Walk

Forum Baths peristyle Pompeii Walk w sky rep

Labrum costing 5250 sesterces in Caldarium of the Forum Baths Pompeii Walk

Stuccoed vault in the Tepidarium of the Forum Baths in Pompeii

Bronze bench and brazier in the teparium of the Forum Baths Pompeii Walk

The Lavernum or hot tub in the caldarium of the Forum Baths Pompeii Walk


More of the 150 Thermopolia (food shops) Pompeii walk

Thermopolium (food shop) across from the Forum Baths Pompeii

Another public fountain adjacent to a thermopolium Pompeii Walk

Bakery with oven and millstones made of Lava material Pompeii Walk

Fountain in street split Pompeii Walk

Guest pretending to check the bread in a bakery oven Pompeii Walk

Bakery with oven and millstones made of Lava material Pompeii Walk

Plaster casts displayed in the House of M Fabius Rufus the largest villa in Pompeii Walk

Herculaneum Gate on the way to the Villa of the Mysteries Pompeii Walk

Another bakery with oven and mills Pompeii Walk

Closer view of tombs of the necropolis of the Herculaneum Gate Pompeii Walk

House of Sallust cafe Pompeii Walk

More tombs of the necorpolis of the Herculaneum Gate Pompeii Walk

Phallus relief as a symbol of good luck Pompeii Walk

Remnants of a colonnaded peristyle garden Pompeii Walk

Small temple in the necropolis of the Herculaneum Gate Pompeii Walk

Still more tombs of the necropolis of the Herculaneum Gate Pompeii Walk

Terraces along the city's edge Pompeii Walk

Tomb interior with urn niches in the necropolis of the Herculaneum Gate Pompeii Walk

Tombs of the necropolis of the Herculaneum Gate Pompeii Walk

Villa of Diomede excavated in 1771 where the bodies of 18 women were found one with a bag of gold, silver and copper coins Pompeii Walk

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