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Casa del Poeta Tragico

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The most famous decoration in Pompei

This house was closed during my visit but you always can reach the decoration in the entrance, a famous black dog made by little pieces of stone in the floor; was funny the way... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2017
Monterrey, Mexico
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Oh dear, we were here in July and it was so hot (90 degrees?), hardly any shade, our too young tour guide wanted to recite the encyclopedia to us while standing in the sun for over 2 hours...all the rubble - oops - historic stones started looking the same. Don't go in the summer!!! if you are over 40 (stinking... More 

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Monterrey, Mexico
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

This house was closed during my visit but you always can reach the decoration in the entrance, a famous black dog made by little pieces of stone in the floor; was funny the way that each place got their name but you can read more about it in the guide map

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

The house of the tragic poet is the home of the "Cave Canem" mosaic (which I remember hearing about in Latin lessons 50 years ago!) The house was closed and undergoing restoration works when we visited but we were still able to see this famous mosaic

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Belgrade, Serbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 506 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Just very close to the Thermopolium or Terme del Foro, or again in english, Forum Baths, we suddenly stumbled at this old roman house, somehow poetically named, that is, the House of the tragic poet. The name derives from one mosaic scene of one play from the theatre. The house is luxurious and refined, at least these parts we could... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

At the entry of this house you can see the famous mosaic 'Cave Canem', beware of the dog. The house is not accessible and the mosaic is behind glass.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

As mentioned by countless others, the "Beware of the Dog" mosaic at the entrance of the home is truly astounding. As much as our lives have "evolved" from the era of Pompeii, this mosaic is truly amazing both in content and how it has survived through the ages.Despite it now being behind a protective shield of plexiglass, I enjoyed being... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 May 2016

The House of the Tragic Poet is closed as are about 80% of noteworthy properties of the park. The only thing you can see here is the famous guard dog "cave canem" mosaic at the entrance, and it can only be seen thru a glass partition, thank you. The house was named after they found a fresco they interpreted as... More 

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Durham, Canada
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

A little insight into the life of someone in Pompeii revealed in the mosaics that remain inside the walls. Obviously not the house of a poorer person.

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Another nice house in pompeii. The mosaics and frescos are good and of course give the house it's name.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

This is house is famous for the Beware of Dog mosaic at the entrance (which is neat, indeed) but that is only one of the great mosaics in the house. The 'Master of Theatre' mosaic is amazing alone and is where the house gets the name Tragic Poet. There are some frescos inside this modest house probably owned by someone... More 

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