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The Black Salon in the House of the Black Salon in Herculaneum (Casa del Salone Nero: house 9). Visitors can enter on the Decumus Maximus. According to archaeologist Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, this house belonged to one of the wealthiest citizens in the town, in evidence by the color on the walls! Dark colors such as black, red and blue were astronomically expensive and only the wealthiest citizens could have afforded to have their houses adorned so extensively. An archive of 20 wax tablets, found in the room, describe the business that went on in the house. It was either owned or managed on behalf of the owner by Lucius Venidius Ennychus, a freedman (former slave). There is a black mosaic on the floor of another room but perhaps to lighten it somewhat the floor of the Black Salon is white. It is adorned in the fourth style painting. Also found in the room were a marble table and wooden lararium with marble capitals.

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