Faber, Andrea; Hoffmann, Adolf

Die Casa del Fauno in Pompeji (VI 12) 1

Stratigraphische Befunde der Ausgrabungen in den Jahren 1961 bis 1963 (von Andrea Faber). Bauhistorische Analyse (von Adolf Hoffmann nach Vorarbeiten von René von Schöfer und Arnold Tschira)

21.0 x 29.7 cm, 340 p., 109 illustrations b/w, 12 maps, 5 illustrations color, mit 12 farbigen Falttafeln als Beilage sowie einer DVD mit Bilddaten, hardback
98,00 €

ISBN: 9783895006500
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Short Description

The Casa del Fauno (VI 12,2) is among the largest and most wellfurnished Pompeian houses buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. This volume presents the results of excavations undertaken within and under the floors of the house, presenting a thorough architectural history of the building. Additionally, a large number of stratified finds allows for the reconstruction of Pompeii's settlement history as far back as the late 6th century BC


“In sum, this is a very important book that every library should possess. Some of its shortcomings, which certainly do not diminish the overall merits and significance of this book, may be resolved in the second volume that will hopefully appear very soon.”

Monika Trümper

In: Bonner Jahrbücher. 210/211 (2010/2011). S. 629-633.


“Excellement illustrée avec photos, plans, dessins, graphiques (disponibles également sous forme de DVD en annexe), cette publication est en tous points de vue exemplaire dans sa démarche (publication de fouilles anciennes) et dans sa réalisation.”

Jean-Robert Gisler

In: Museum Helveticum. 68 (2011) 1. S. 105.


“Instead of seeming incongruous, the juxtaposition of old and new in this volume is persuasive and demonstrates the value of good documentation to later generations of scholars. However long overdue, this publication of an old excavation of the Casa del Fauno gives this star attraction the methodical archaeological pedigree it deserves.”

Michele George

In: American Journal of Archaeology. 115.1 (January 2011)
(4. Februar 2011)


“The (unfair) question some specialists will be tempted to ask, of course, is whether Faber and Hoffmann’s work lives up to the expectations raised by the long time it cost them to produce it. The response to that question must be twofold. On the one hand, the book will undoubtedly prove a highly valuable contribution to Pompeian debates for decades to come; on the other hand, as one might expect, the length of the process in the end turns out to be a handicap rather than a blessing (...)
The main contribution of the work lies in the detailed publication of the excavation finds. (...)
Yet, one should not be too unfair with this book. It is very easy to criticize its approach and methodology from a postmodern, early twenty-first century perspective. This book simply does not belong to the twenty-first century, and it should not be judged by its standards. It is important that the book is finally there, and we are already looking forward to the second volume. To be completely fair with Hoffmann and Faber’s work, one should approach it as a product of the 1980s. The methodology, the writing style and the way of engaging with scholarly literature all echo this recent past, when statistics had considerably more authority than they have now, literature was much less easily accessible, scholarly debates much more than nowadays were nationally oriented, and the dramatic upsurge in Pompeii studies of the last twenty years had not yet happened. One should not forget that the core ideas and methodologies behind the historical analysis presented in this book antedate Strocka’s publication of the “Casa del Labirinto” (1991) and Dickmann’s “Domus Frequentata” (1999) by a decade or more. Seen in this way, this book may be seen as one of those standard reference works, which today’s scholars do not always take at face value any more, but which they nevertheless use frequently because they most fully express a ‘traditional’ point of view, which is about to be challenged and refined. In that sense, the position of the book may be comparable to that of Jongman’s “Economy and Society of Pompeii,” or Mouritsen’s “Magistrates, Elections and Municipal Elite” (which both were published in 1988). In other words: finally, we have a fully expressed ‘traditional’ view on the history of the largest house of Pompeii. That is a great contribution to scholarship. Now, let’s use it, and challenge it.”

Miko Flohr

In: Göttinger Forum für Altertumswissenschaft. 13 (2010). S. 1165-1171.
(12. November 2010)

Biographical Note

Andrea Faber studierte Provinzialrömische Archäologie, Vor- und Frühgeschichte und Alte Geschichte und war Hörerin der Klassischen Archäologie. Magister und Promotion an der LMU München. Ab 1993 Forschungsstipendium des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Berlin, für die Bearbeitung der Grabungsbefunde und Funde aus der Casa del Fauno in Pompei/Italien im Institut Rom und in der Soprintendenza Archeologico di Pompei. Habilitation an der Universität Köln mit einem Thema zum Kulturwandel in Süditalien zwischen den Samnitenkriegen und der frühen Kaiserzeit. Privatdozentin des Archäologischen Instituts Köln, derzeitiger Forschungsschwerpunkt in den nördlichen römischen Provinzen.

Series Description

In the series of “Archäologische Forschungen” (Archaeological Studies), monographs on the various areas of research in Classical Archaeology are published, mainly concentrating on studies concerning architecture, urban research, topography and everyday culture of Greece, Asia Minor, and the periphery of the Greek world. The chronological scope ranges from the beginning of periodized history to late antiquity. The following volumes, partly to be published in sub-series, will present the findings of research and excavations in the Hellenistic and Roman towns of Priene, Aizanoi and Pompeii. “Archäologische Forschungen” are edited by the Head Office of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (German Archaeological Institute) in Berlin.


1st century, c 1 to c 99 (38) || 2nd century, c 100 to c 199 (29) || Archaeology (488) || Archaeology by period / region (405) || Architecture (164) || Architecture: residential buildings, domestic buildings (28) || Baugeschichte (18) || Campania (6) || Italy (70) || Landscape archaeology (113) || Naples (4) || Pompeji (6) || Siedlungsgeschichte (14) || Southern Europe (81) || c 1 CE to c 500 CE (152) || italienische Zusammenfassung || stratifizierte archäologische Befunde und Funde