CN. POMPEIUS, DOMUS
on the Carinae, near the temple of Tellus (Suet. de gramm.
15; App. BC ii. 126
; Veil. ii. 77
; Cic. de Har. resp. 49). It was
ornamented with rostra taken from captured pirate ships (Cic. Phil.
), and therefore called domus rostrata (Hist. Aug. Gord. 3).
V. Domaszewski (SHA 1920, 6
. A, 16) maintains that the name domus
rostrata is a mere invention-as also the story that it belonged to the
Gordiani, inasmuch as it must have perished in the fire of Nero (HJ 326).
After the death of Pompeius the house became the property of Antonius
(Cass. Dio xlviii. 38
; Flor. ii. 18
. 4; de vir. ill. 84), and later of the
imperial family. Tiberius lived in it before his accession (Suet. Tib. 15),
and in the third century it is said to have belonged to the Gordiani
(Hist. Aug. Gord. 2, 3, 6, 17).
(b) According to Plutarch (Pomp. 40) Pompeius built himself a
finer house than he had previously occupied, after the erection of his
theatre. This second house was probably near his HORTI
(q.v.) in the
campus Martius and on the slope of the Pincian (HJ 492).