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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
OVA SFONGIA EX LACTE (Pancakes with Milk)
(Apic. 7, 13, 8) Ingredients:
271 ml milk
1 ounce oil
a little bit ground pepper
Mix eggs, milk and oil until you have a pancake dough. Fry in a pan and serve topped with a little bit of pepper.
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.