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This house was named in honour of the Italian royal couple, Umberto and Margherita of Savoy, on the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary in 1893, the same year in which the house was discovered. It is located in the last side street off Via Vesuvio, next to an area which has yet to be excavated. It was built in the 2nd century B.C. and is distinguished by its high atrium with four large column which support the roof and its bedroom where the sunlight was filtered by means of veils. There are two gardens. The first is in line with the atrium and has its own private bath-house and open-air swimming pool, a large kitchen and garden and an elegant living room. T ... 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.