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A multitude of inscriptions covered the facade of this house, but they were unfortunately lost in the bombardment of 1943. In the front, the house is laid out around an atrium with a basin in the centre, surrounded by the various rooms. The first cubicle on the left is decorated with full II style paintings with the name of the owner of the house, Valens, scratched into one of the walls. In another cubicle, on the right, the discovery of a casket with precious objects and ointment jars would seem to indicate that it was the mistress’s bedroom. On this side there is also a rectangular hall with birds and other animals painted on the back-ground walls. As usual, the b ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
BOLETOS FUNGOS (Mushrooms in wine & coriander)
(Apic. 7, 13, 4) Ingredients:
4 lbs. mushrooms
1 bunch of coriander
4 cups of caroenum (red wine, simmered until reduced by about 1/2 cup)
Wash mushrooms and coriander. Halve mushrooms unless they're small. Place mushrooms and coriander in reduced wine and simmer 10 minutes. Remove coriander. Let cool and put away in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours.
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.