The house was created in the 1st century B.C. joining two houses, whereby it shows two atrium and three peristilis, covering a 27000 sq metres area. The oldest part is the lower facing the Stabiana street, with a tuscanic atrium and two peristyle replace the old houses.
It gets its name “Citarista’s” from a bronze statue of Apollo Citarista that was found in the peristyle of the residence (nowdays in the National Museum of Naples with seven great frescoes). The residents were representative of the servile branch of one of the most prominent and ancient family of Pompeii: the Popidii one.
Two bronze portraits of the house’s owner and his wife were found at the left side of the atrium; another marble female portrait was in the peristyle; two marble portraits found on the second floor represent probably Marcello (patron of the colony) and some other personality of imperial rank. The portraits had to underline Popidii’s loyalty and their relationships with the court.
The building belonged to the members of the servant’s branch of Popidii family, as reported on 3 graffitis and 2 electoral writings on the house, 45 programs about their candidacy were along Abundance Street and some portraits were found inside the house. The boardrooms and the bedrooms are around the peristyle, those one for the servants face on the atrium, without tablinum; there are also thermal baths and, in the central peristyle, beautiful bronze sculptures of animals that worked as water jets.
Bakery, patisserie and tavern connected to the building, are maybe dependencies of the villa. Bronze animals statues, along the edge of a marble-clad pool, spouted jets of water, among them, there were the famous bronze group of a wild boar attacked by two hunting dogs, a rampant lion, a fleeing deer and a snake, all exposed at the National Museum of Naples.