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PORTICUS POMPEI built in 55 B.C. by Pompeius at the same time as his THEATRE (q.v.), and adjoining its scaena. The purpose of the porticus was to afford shelter for the spectators in case of rain (Vitr. v. 9. 1). It is represented on the Marble Plan (frgs. 30, 110, and p. 22), and was a rectangular court, about 180 metres long and 135 wide, in which were four parallel rows of columns. The central area was laid out as a garden with shady walks (Prop. ii. 32. 11-12) and contained various works of art (Plin. NH xxxv. 59, 114, 126, 132). Among these was a painting of Cadmus and Europa by Antiphilus, which is not to be identified with the representation of Europa which gave its name to the PORTICUS EUROPAE (q.v.) described by Martial, which, A. Reinach maintains (Neapolis ii. 237 sqq.), was a bronze group made by Pythagoras of Rhegium for Tarentum (Cic. Verr. iv. 135; Varro, LL v. 31). The CURIA POMPEI (q.v.) in which Caesar was murdered was probably an exedra in this porticus (Asc. in