6S Route 4.
R. Passage: r. Dirce bound to the bull by Amphion and Zethus
(same subject with the "Farnese Bull", see p. 71). — L. Passage: 1. Birth
of Hercules and Eurystheus. r. "Paintings from Herculaneum : Decoration
of a girl, the Dioscuri, tragic actors, musicians.
7th Room. Mosaics. Entrance Wall: on the pillar, Theseus
slaying the Minotaur, three representations. R., in the centre, actor trained
by a poet. L. comic scene (by Dioscurides of Samos); r. a similar subject
by .the same artist. — R. Wall: Graces. Phryxus and Helle, Theseus and
Peleus. Opp. the entrance, "garlands with masks. Acratus riding on
The first door opposite, to the 1., leads to a room where a
few mosaics will be placed. Then in three rooms beyond:
This collection, of which the greater portion is from Herculaneum, is
unique of its kind and merits careful inspection. The size and number of
the objects, and the delicate workmanship required by the material, convey
an idea of the perfection which the ancients had attained in this art. — The
arrangements commenced in 1865 wrere at the beginning of the present year
still incomplete. The central room only, containing the finest bronze
statues, is finished, and is entered from the S. end of the Portico dei
Window Wall: "Diana shooting, half-figure. Female portrait-statue.
In the corner, portrait head of the Tiber. — E. Wal 1: Female portrait-statue.
Between the doors, "head of Apollo on a pedestal. "Three dancers from
the theatre at Herculaneum (also three on the opposite side). On a pedestal,
portrait-head. — N. Wall: "Female head (erroneously termed "Ptolemseus
Apion"). On a bracket, bearded portrait-head. Statue of Augustus as
Jupiter. Head of Alexander (V). Statue of Claudius as Jupiter. Bearded
portrait-head. Female portrait-statue as Pietas. — W. Wall. Between the
doors : Head of the youthful Hercules (or Mercury). On a bracket, Archytas.
Dancers from Herculaneum, see above. On a bracket, "head of the bearded
Bacchus, commonly termed Plato. In the corner, statue of Augustus sacri¬
ficing. In the centre, "Drunken Faun. At the sides, two copies of the
statue of a runner. R., behind the latter, "Lute-playing Apollo, from Pom¬
peii, a work of the beginning of the imperial period, of the school of Pasi-
teles, an imitator of the ancient style. L., beyond it, "Apollo shooting.
R., in front of the latter, "head of Apollo, in the ancient style. "Mercury
reposing. L., in front of it, the so-called Head of Seneca. 'Sleeping
The second door to the 1. leads to the
which are distributed in the three branches of the great passages,
and the 8 rooms situated beyond the second branch. As yet
they are unnumbered.
1. First Passage. To the left: Captive barbarian from the Forum
of Trajan in Rome; in front of it a recumbent Faun; r. Mars reposing;
1. Head of Venus; Head of Minerva; Daughter of Balbus. Of this noble
family, who occupied the highest rank at Herculaneum, there are also on
the same side the father, mother, son and 4 daughters, all from the theatre
of Herculaneum (a 5th daughter in the museum of Dresden). To the right:
Wounded gladiator; 1. Balbus the father; in front of the latter, Dying Gaul
(these and 3 other small recumbent statues on this side belong to the Per-
gamenian school, the same style as that of the dying Gaul in the Capitol
at Rome); r. warrior charging; 1. Daughter of Balbus; r. Hunter; 1. Viciria.
Arcbas. mother of Balbus; in front of her a fallen giant; r. two men killing