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This temple was built after the earthquake of 62 A.D. as a place of worship for the cult of the Emperor and has a facade projecting slightly further out than the building of Eumachia. A central door leads into a space in front of the inner sanctuary which is bounded on the front side by four columns. Inside these, a staircase on either side led up to a podium on which stood the cella containing the cult statue. Behind the sacellum were three rooms used for the officiators both of this temple and of the adjacent Temple of the Lares which could be reached via a communicating doorway. A marble altar with bas-relief sculptures can be seen in the centre of the sanctuary. ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
APOTHERMUM SIC FACIES ( Spelt’s pudding)
(Apic. 2, 2, 10) Ingredients:
200 gr. spelt
50 gr. pine-kernel
50 gr. peeled almond
50 gr. raisins
1/2 glass Passum (or passito wine)
Soften spelt in water for a long while (12 hours). Then wash and coarsely shatter. Add pine-kernel and peeled almond and cook until spelt is soft. Add raisins and Passum and amalgamate all. Pour into individuals pans and spread with pepper. Serve cold.
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.