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The garden of this house is embellished with large fountain decorated with coloured mosaics and compositions made of glass paste tiles. Rows of shell running all round the nymphaeum form a highly original decoration which is completed by two large theatrical masks embedded in the bases of two columns. The water for the fountain flowed through a hole in the middle of the apse and fell over a flight of marble steps, creating an impressive effect, before being collected in a small pool decorated with a bronze statue of a cupid carrying a dolphin on his back. The statues on display here are copies. The garden of the adjoining house, called the House of the Small Fountai ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
IN OVIS APALIS (Boiled Eggs)
(Apic. 7, 19, 3) Ingredients:
8 hard boiled eggs (not too well done - boil ca. 4 minutes)
50g stone-pine kernels
2 tblsp honey
3 tblsp vinegar
Liquamen (or salt)
Dressing for boiled eggs: Mix together pepper, Liebstoeckl, soaked pine
kernels. Add honey and vinegar and season with Liquamen. Serve together
with the eggs.
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.