Roman porn

3 Jul

Like most people in the world I am sure you have some knowledge of Pompeii. Yes, that’s the one. The Roman city that was wiped out by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The volcano spewed profligate volumes of hot ash and other muck into the air, which fell on top of the Pompeii buying it’s citizens, the buildings they lived in, and everything else in the city. Last century what was left of Pompeii after this disaster was dug up and exposed for all to explore.

For me the highlights of Pompeii were the murals that remain remarkably intact inside of what once were private and public houses inside of the city walls. Some of the best preserved paintings can be found inside a tiny Roman brothel in Pompeii’s red light district.

When you enter the brothel you are immediately confronted by a number of pornographic cartoons depicting Roman men and women having sex in a number of different positions. These are displayed clearly so that paying customers could indicate (by pointing) which service they wanted to procure.

Three small rooms with large stone beds contained within the building stifle any doubt about the nature of the business that went on here.

Another intriguing site at Pompeii are the plaster casts made years ago of the remains of victims from 79AD. The hollow spaces left in the hardened ash by their decaying remains were filled with plaster by an innovative archeaologist, as to capture the final terrified moments of Pompeii’s citizens.

The plaster casts of the remains of 13 people can be seen today in the small olive grove where they fell and were discovered almost 2000 years later. Peering into the glass case where they are on display, I overheard a chubby eight year old American boy ask his father, “Daddy, were they sleeping when they died?”

The father scoffed and replied “Of course not! Look at how they are laying! These people were clearly trying to run away from the volcano”. Dad gestured to some of the figures, “This mother and her kid are trying hopelessly to cover their faces from the suffocating gases that killed them and that guy over there is screaming in terror!”

I looked in the direction where Dad was pointing. He was right, the cast of a man wore a horrified expression. Unlike this man, I decided that I will definitely lie to my children (if I ever have them) to protect them from the unpleasantness of the truth.

Just before leaving Pompeii after spending 5 hours .wandering around the ruins, we had a brief look at a storehouse where archaeologist have stored a huge amount of relics they have recovered from the volcanic ash at this site. It was odd to see so many ancient vases, statues, and even more plaster casts of victims piled up like rubbish or lost and found items in a council tip.

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2 Responses to “Roman porn”

  1. Berenice July 4, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    I don’t get the middle one :S Dressups? Or outdoor adventures?

  2. Mum July 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Hi Kristie
    This is becoming a theme of your European sojourn. The lady and the horse, the brothel, what will be next?
    Can’t wait for you to get to St. Peters to be absolved.
    Love Mum

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