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Although it is actually the only theatre in Pompeii, it was given this name to distinguish it from the nearby Odeion, which is much smaller and was used for different purpose. It was built in the 2nd century B.C. more or less according to traditional Greek canons in so far as the tiered seating makes use of natural slope and the orchestra is arranged in a horse-shoe shape. It was extended and restored during the reign of Augustus at the personal expense of the Holconius brothers, who were rich Pompeian vine growers. An inscription tell us that the entire seating area had been resurfaced in marble, but this was removed and carried off after the destruction of the tow ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
BETACEOS VARRONIS (Beets à la Varro)
(Apic. 3, 2, 4) Ingredients:
8 small beetroot
100 ml mead (or sweet white wine with a tablespoon of honey)
40 ml olive oil
Chicken pieces part-cooked in the oven (about 15 chunks)
Black pepper to taste
Cleaned well the beetroot, put them in a saucepan and add the mead, olive oil, salt and pepper and enough water to cover. Bring the liquid to the boil, add the chicken and continue cooking until the beetroot are done. Drain and serve immediately.
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.