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The Forum is a great rectangular square (38 metres of width and 142 metres of lenght) originally paved with tufa; after the earthquake of 62 BC the paving was remade of travertine. A portico in double order, the lower one Doric and the upper one Ionic, surrounded the Forum on three sides, except the northern side. The square was a pedestrian precinct with the service streets blocked through special rocks. The Forum was the political, economic, commercial, religious center of the city. On the southern side of the portico some monumental bases of imperial honorary statues are visible, while along the porticoes there are some statues of nobles citizens. Public, religious ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
PATINA DE PIRIS (Pear Soufflè)
(Apic. 4, 2, 35) Ingredients:
1 kg pears (peeled and without core)
4 table spoon of honey
100 ml Passum or wine ‘passito’
a little bit oil
50ml Liquamen, or 1/4 table spoon of salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
ground pepper to taste
Mix cooked and peeled pears (without core) together with pepper, cumin,
honey, Passum, Liquamen and a bit of oil. Add eggs and put into a
casserole. Cook approximately 30 minutes on small to moderate heat.
Serve with a bit of pepper sprinkled on the soufflé.
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.