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This luxurious residence houses an impressive collection of fresco decorations typical of the wall paintings in the houses of rich Pompeian traders. The excavation techniques used made it possible to preserve, in almost all the rooms in the complex, the fourth style figure paintings completed after the earthquake of 62 A.D.. The brothers Aulus Vettius Restitutus and Aulus Vettius Conviva commissioned their fresco decorations from one of the leading artists’ workshops so that their home would be not only a comfortable residence, but also a “status symbol”. The house is divided into two areas: firstly, the part in which the family lived, laid out around the main atriu ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
ISICIA EX SPHONDYLIS (Seafood Rissole)
(Apic. 2, 1, 6) Ingredients:
Cooked, shelled prawns (the original recipe uses scallops, but you can use and seafood)
Pinch of pepper
Liquamen (or soya sauce)
Black pepper to taste
Mash the peeled prawns in a bowl. Add the pepper, Liquamen, cooked spelt and the beaten eggs. Mix well and shape into patties. Roll in seasoned flour and fly gently in oil until browned on both sides.
Love was a common topic of conversation in Pompeii. Feelings, passions, poetic love, sex, homosexuality, prostitution and so forth were all part of daily life and not a source of prejudice. The concept of “obscenity” seems to have been unknown. Love and sex were considered earthly practices of a man’s life that were encouraged by the benevolence of Venus. The thousands of examples of graffiti found on the town’s walls are unequivocal proof of what the people of Pompeii thought about love and sex.