What Archaeological Evidence Is There for Work and Business in Pompeii?

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What Archaeological Evidence is there for work and Business in Pompeii?

Like many towns in the Roman Empire, there were many jobs in Pompeii, and due to the fact that very few people had kitchens, many people owned restaurants, bars and various other “food shops”.
As well as food shops other popular businesses included Fishmongers, Merchants, Weapon Smiths, Farmers and many more, most of the workers were however slaves.
Due to the fact that Pompeii was so close to the sea, a common job for the residents was fishing, and because almost everyone went out for food almost every day, no matter if the fishermen sold the fish to restaurants or directly on the street, they could still make a good profit. Fishing was an even bigger
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The Forum was a rectangle, 32 meters by 142 meters, most of the buildings in and around the Forum were offices, baths and temples. One of the most important points in the forum was the tribunal, the tribunal was a speakers platform used for speeches and announcements.
As well as being a business hotspot with in Pompeii and the surrounding area, Pompeii’s forum was also important for socializing within the city; with the high concentration of shops there many people would go there with friends for a night out, or just their groceries.

The Macellum:

The macellum was the indoor market in Roman Towns, it was usually near or next to the forum. A macellum was usually a square courtyard surrounded by shops, all of equal size. Usually shops of similar “type” were grouped together, for example butchers were together and had a unique design.
The macellum in Pompeii was severely damaged by the earthquakes in 62CE and from what has been uncovered, were not fully repaired by the time of the eruption, remains of food and other merchandise have been uncovered for example, bread and books. The macellum was usually decorated, and shops would have contained mosaics to show off wealth. There was an altar placed to the right of the building, it is thought that this was used for offerings to the gods.

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