It's time to leave the house, go into town and do business ("negotium") with some of the local merchants! In this Stage, we will encounter three very different traders, and three very different ways of making money in Pompeii.
Caecilius is working in the forum, the central marketplace where everyone goes to meet, trade and gossip! Luckily, he catches sight of three merchants he wants to deal with...
Time to "brush-up" on mythology! Caecilius has commissioned a painter to decorate his dining-room with a famous Roman subject. There's a superhero, a lion and a wooden club; it can only be...
Razors at the ready! A cheeky poem leads to a very close shave for Caecilius at the barber's.
Down by the harbour, a darker side of Roman life: the buying and selling of enslaved people. Melissa, an enslaved woman, waits anxiously as a rich stranger, looking to buy her, haggles to get a good deal.
Grumio interrupts a story about Hercules.