CASA del CITARISTA—Axonometric of the insula or the city block in Pompeii. The Casa del Citarista, or House of the Cithara player, is formed around three peristyles that are connected to each other. The house had three entrances from three different streets. Entry 5 was probably the major entry from which a direct view was possible through peristyle 17, room 21, and into room 20 in which the fresco of Apollo playing the cithara would be seen. The secondary entry was 25 with the entry at 28 being a servants' entrance.
Shown are three states of reconstruction of the peristyles—32 shows the roof framing, 17 just the columns, and 56 the tiled roof typical of a peristyle.