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This arch is set astride Via di Mercurio, of which it marks the beginning, in front of the Forum Bath and the Temple of Fortuna Augusta, near the intersection where Via delle Terme, Via della Fortuna, Via del Foro and Via di Mercurio cross. This is an honorary arch in brick with a single passage-way and its attribution to Caligula is based on an equestrian statue in bronze, found in fragments, which must have originally been set on the attic and which has been identified as Caligula. The arch was built on the same axis as the arch attributed to Tiberius or Germanicus, which constitutes a monumental entrance to the Civil Forum, and which was also topped by an equestr ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
DULCIA DOMESTICA (Housemade Dessert)
(Apic. 7, 13, 1) Ingredients:
200g fresh or dried dates
50g coarsely ground nuts or stone-pine kernels
a little bit of salt
honey, or red wine with honey (to stew)
Take the stones out of the dates and fill them with nuts or stone-pine
kernels and ground pepper. Sprinkle a bit of salt on the filled dates and stew them in
honey or honey-sweetened red wine. The dates have to be cooked in on
low heat until their paring starts to come off (approximately 5-10
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.