Portrait of Paquius Proculo

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The so-called portrait of Paquius Proculo is a fresco currently preserved at the Naples National Archaeological Museum that was found in Pompeii.

The fresco depicts a pair of middle-class Pompeians, almost certainly husband and wife. They are commonly referred to as "Paquius Proculus and his wife", due to an inscription found on the outside of the house, although a graffito inside the house later revealed the man to be Terentius Neo.[1] The external inscription turned out to be an election advertisement for Paquius Proculus, who had been elected duovir some time prior to the eruption.[2]

The man in the fresco wears a toga, the mark of a Roman citizen, and holds a rotulus, suggesting he is involved in local public and/or cultural events. The woman holds a stylus and wax tablet, emphasizing that she is educated and literate, and is managing the bakery.[3] It is suspected, based on the physical features of the couple, that they are Samnites, which may explain the desire to show off the status they have reached in Roman society.[3]


  1. ^ "House of Paquius Proculus". AD79. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Casa di Paquio Proculo". Pompei Sepolta. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Paquius Proculus an wife". Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
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