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Pompeii

Pompeii_Last Day
POMPEII: THE LAST DAY
Computer Generated Image from the Documentary
Pompeii: The Last Day

POMPEII UNCOVERED

On August 24th in the year 79 A.D. the Roman city of Pompeii was buried by a massive volcanic explosion from nearby Mount Vesuvius. The city, which sits on the Bay of Naples in Italy (South of Rome), was frozen in time and miraculously preserved by the volcanic ash. This eruption took place during the height of the Roman Empire. Just one year before the Roman Colloseum opened it’s doors in the capital city.

Pompeii lay buried until the 18th century. When excavators began to uncover the city from the rubble, they were amazed at the large collection of sexual images, in particular the abundance of phalluses throughout the city. They were found carved into walls and pathways, and depicted throughout homes in murals, household items and hanging mobiles. The excavation of the Roman city continues today. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has over 2 million visitors each year.


Art & Sex in Pomepeii

In ancient Rome, including Pompeii, sex was openly Acknowledged and Celebrated. Sexuality was an ordinary daily part of every Roman’s life, just as it is for our lives, though we don’t like to talk about it openly. The idea that you would be hiding sexuality in any way, to an Ancient Roman, would seem absurd.

Sexuality was commonly a part of religious expression and rituals. It eventually got removed from western religious practice largely through Judeo-Christianity.

Murals and Wall Paintings depicting Nudity and Sexuality were prevalent and commonplace throughout homes and public spaces.

Venus
EROTIC WALL PAINTING Casa del Centenario HOUSE OF THE MARINE VENUS Mural on Wall in the Garden
 
sub Three Graces
EROTIC PAINTING OF CUNNILINGUS Pompeian Public Baths THE THREE GRACES Pompeian Mural Painting
 
VillaofMystery Villa of Mystery78
VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES Mural of Dionysiac Mysteries Initiation VILLA OF THE MYSTERIES Mural of Dionysiac Mysteries Initiation
 
Brawl_Fresco Banquet
BRAWL IN THE AMPITHEATER Mural from House of the Gladiator
Actius Anecetus
THE BANQUET Mural from Dining Room (Triclinium) of
a Pompeian Home
 
Bacchus
Wall Eros
Erotic Scenes on the wall of
a Small Room off the KitchenPompeian House

 

BACCHUS AND MOUNT VESUVIUS Mural from Household Shrine
 

The Buildings & Spaces of Pompeii

Arial View of Pompeii and Vesuvius
tower view
AIR VIEW OF POMPEII AND VESUVIUS VIEW OF POMPEII FROM THE TOWER OF MERCURY

THE LUPANARE GRANDEThe Oldest Known Brothel in the World
Located in the Center of Pompeii
House of Vetti
GARDEN OF THE HOUSE OF THE VETTII Rich Merchants Home

Temple of Apollo
THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO Western side of the Pompeii Forum
House of Faun
HOUSE OF THE FAUN Main Atrium with dancing faun

Villa Publius
VILLA OF PUBLIUS FANNIUS SINISTOR
Room filled with Murals and Mosaics
doric patio
THE DORIC PORTICO Adapted for Gladiators and their Servants

Pluto-Water
A PLUTO POURING WATER House of the Vettii Garden
Thermopolium
A POMPEIAN THERMOPOLIUMSales counter for hot food and drink