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A mosaic depicting a growling dog and the well-known words of warning ‘cave canem’ (beware of the dog) is the decoration found near the entrance of this medium-sized, imperial style house opposite the Forum baths. The house has a Tuscan atrium and a peristyle with lararium situated on the rear wall. The atrium leads into the cubicula (bedrooms) and the tablinum. The house derives its name from a fine mosaic with a theatrical scene which was found in this tablinum along with paintings representing episodes from the Iliad. These finds are now exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. To the right of the peristyle we find the triclinium whose frescoes a ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
ALITER DULCIA (Another Kind of Dessert)
(Apic. 7, 13, 5) Ingredients:
250 g coarsely ground nuts
100 g coarsely ground stone-pine kernels
3-4 tblsp honey + honey to drip on afterwards
1 tsp minced rue
50 ml Passum (or wine or grape juice honey)
50 ml milk
Mesh pepper, pine kernels, honey, rue and Passum with milk and eggs, and
boil the dough. Serve topped with honey and sprinkle with pepper.
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.