During June of 1995 archaeological photographer Aaron Levin used a large format camera (4"x5" negatives) to create archival quality black-and-white photographs of the buildings in the forum. His work concentrates mainly on the east side of the forum in order to fully document the Macellum, the Imperial Cult Building, the Sanctuary of the Genius of Augustus, and the Eumachia Building. Other views are also present among the 205 photographs that follow. The photographs themselves are printed at 8"x10."
One of the current tasks of the Pompeii Forum Project is to present these photographs on the World Wide Web. This required that the photographs be arranged in a logical sequence, scanned, and saved in digital form. This has been accomplished. Captions are now being written and plans with camera icons are being prepared. These two methods of accessing the images are discussed below. This work is in progress and allows the user to consult a portion of the photographs.
For archival purposes scanned images are saved as large tif files (ca. 6.4 MB). Those presented here are much smaller gif images (99K to about 200K). Some of the border is left on the images in order to create the impression of an actual photograph on the screen.
There are two methods of gaining access to the the photographs. The first is by means of a caption list. Eventually, this list will include all 205 photographs. The second method is by means of a series of plans containing camera icons and photograph numbers. The camera icons indicate the camera position for each photograph.
Directions indicate the angle from which the photographs are
taken and are recorded as if the main axis of the forum were
exactly north-south. The following abbreviations are used:
|n.  north||n.e. northeast|
|s. south||s.e. southeast|
|e. east||s.w. southwest|
|w. west||n.w. northwest|
The accompanying plan provides the numbering system employed for all rooms and spaces in region VII, insula 9. The conventional system of numbers for region, insula, and door does not designate spaces within or between buildings. The system adopted here retains the region and insula number, but replaces the door number with a number for every space within the insula. Numbering begins at the northwestern corner of the insula and proceeds left to right within individual buildings, to the extent that their boundaries can be identified. Thus each space has a tripartite number whose first two elements are those of the conventional system. For example, the shrine within the Macellum is VII.9.37. As all of the spaces under discussion belong to region VII, insula 9, only the third element in the numbering system is employed here.
A shorthand system of designating walls uses the letter W and the numbered space on each side of the wall in question. The first number indicates the side of the wall being discussed, when that is an issue. For example, among the north shops of the Macellum, W7.8 refers to the wall between shop 7 and entrance 8 with particular attention to the side within shop 7. When seen from the opposite side, the same wall is W8.7. Similarly, D refers to a door; d would refer to a blocked door. Thus D112.115 is the door between 112 and 115 in the Sanctuary of the Genius of Augustus. Streets are designated as "via" followed by the numbers of the blocks that define the street. Thus W18.viaVII- 4/VII-9 indicates the wall between space 18 and the street that runs between VII.4 and VII.9.
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The labelling is incomplete on the next series of photographs from the Eumachia interior.
Captions for the following images must still be supplied. This project will probably not be completed until late in the summer of 1997. Continue to scroll down (past this long list!) for the images linked to plans.
Copyright 1996 by Aaron Levin and Pompeii Forum Project, all rights reserved
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