The Crypto Porticus of Eumachia, revealed during the excavation of Pompeii in the early 1800s, by Sir William Gell. A cryptoporticus is a covered passageway. Eumachia was the public priestess of Venus in Pompeii during the middle of the 1st century AD. Eumachia was the matron of the fullers, a trade guild of dyers and clothing-makers. She is viewed as a model for the increasing involvement of women in politics.
Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near Naples in Italy. Pompeii was buried under ~6 m (20 ft) of ash by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavation of Pompeii revealed fascinating details about life in the ancient Roman empire.