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This house is situated in a side street on the Via di Nola, which has only been partly excavated and which is named after the house. The house itself is well known for the refined third style decorations, considered to be superior to those found in Rome. The juxtaposition of shiny black walls with interposed yellow bands depicting arabesques and hunting scenes, and the black floor with inlaid pieces of marble is particularly unusual. The decorations in the tablinum are worth close examination and depict landscapes with villas and gardens as well as two mythological paintings. The wall to the left illustrates the marriage of Venus ands Mars while to the right we can ... 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.