Thursday, June 14, 2012

Pompeii: Erotic Art and Roman Sexuality


If you missed the documentary on eros and erotic art in Pompeii make sure you take a look prior to reading this in depth study into Pompeii's sexual past. Pompeii is an archaeological site, which was destroyed around AD 79 by Mount Vesuvius. It was a town full of aristocrats and artisans. Artisans who were previously slaves, who gained freedom in Pompeii and became wealthy merchants. Pompeii was a place for the super-rich! The Palm Beach of the Roman world. It was a place known for sexual indiscretions. One could choose his or her desires from a list of murals, pointing in the direction of their sexual perseverance. You would hang your belongings on a peg, a peg conveniently located near an erotic scene, a reminder of where you left your things. Then you would proceed with your indiscretions in secret rooms or bathhouses.

via http://www.ancientdigger.com/2012/05/pompeii-erotic-art-and-roman-sexuality.html