Detail from The Painted Garden, Villa of Livia. Painted Garden, removed from the triclinium (dining room) in the Villa of Livia Drusilla, Prima Porta, fresco, 30-20 B.C.E. (Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo, Rome)
Compluvium/Impluvium: This design was created to catch rainwater from the roofs when it rained. The water would flow from the compluvium into the pool like impluvium. I thought this was a pretty clever invention they had, almost like modern day rain catchers for gardens.
The House of Paquius Proculus (Pansa) on the south side of the Via dell'Abbondanza Pompeii was excavated in 1911. Remains of 7 children were found inside one room. Mosaic floors surround the impluvium.
Pompeii, House of Venus in a Shell. On the rear wall of the peristyle are three large paintings on a blue background. The left hand painting is of the god Mars shown standing naked on a plinth while holding a lance & a shield. Around him the foliaged garden is teeming with bird life. AD 79 eruption