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Published on Feb 20, 2009
The House of Octavius Quartio (or Loreius Tiburtinus) at Pompeii is celebrated for its remarkable garden that takes up almost the whole block in which it sits. The house begins with a conventional atrium but soon leads into a tiny peristyle and adjacent dining room which overlook the garden with its two canals, paintings, pergolae, fountains and tanks. It is usually interpreted as an example of a Pompeian trying to ape the great houses and gardens of the Roman super-rich. This house is prescribed content for the UK-based OCR examination board's A-level paper Cities of Roman Italy (CC6).