This website is a companion to Penelope M. Allison, The Insula of the Menander in Pompeii volume iii: The Finds, a Contextual Study (Oxford University Press 2006). This third volume of the British Pompeii project’s investigations of the Insula of the Menander in Pompeii comprises a documentation and functional analysis of the artefactual remains from this Insula, excavated in the 1920 and 1930s. The website consists of the artefact database and provides a useful additional tool for multiple access to the data used in this study. It comprises an on-line version of Part II of the volume, the ‘Catalogue of Finds’. In addition to the information in the printed catalogue, this on-line version includes the categories listed for each catalogue entry in the Typological Concordance (appendix B) in the printed volume. Information in Appendix A in the printed volume, a catalogue of coins from this Insula and now in the Naples National Museum, is not included in this on-line companion.
The photographs and drawings of the artefacts are accessible in this on-line version, numbered as in the printed version. The exceptions are photographs of the so-called ‘Menander treasure’, now in the Naples National Museum (Allison 2006: pls 29-34). Further drawings and photographs of these latter artefacts are published in volume iv of this series (Painter 2001). In the on-line companion, as in the printed volume, there are only a few drawings of the bronze vessels because good drawings of all these have been published by Suzanne Tassinari (1993).
The format of the database is intended to allow the user to access information on these artefacts from a range of perspectives, including by material, and by basic typological and functional categories. A description of each field is provided under ‘Explanation of database fields’. Further explanations and information on this database can be found in Part I of the printed volume.
Because of the software used for this website uses the Web's standard character set many symbols used in the original database have not displayed correctly. These include quotation marks, apostrophes, en marks, hyphens, and accented and non-English letters. This is particularly notable for Greek letters in inscriptions. This study includes only a preliminary investigation of such inscriptions as these will be more fully published in volume v of the series (Varone and Reynolds, forthcoming).
Bibliographic references in the on-line version can be found in the bibliography of the printed volume. There is also a useful glossary of terms in the printed volume (Allison 2006: appendix C).
Thus, this website supports the printed volume by providing multiple access to detailed information on a group of Roman period artefacts excavated from one insula block in Pompeii, that have good contexts. As such it also provides a companion to the website Pompeian Households: www.stoa.org/pompeianhouseholds/ .