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On the eastern side of the Foro, there’s a majestic and elegant building with a marble frieze above the portal. Two inscriptions attribute this building to Eumachia, a priestess of Venus and owner of a flourishing business operating in the wool industry, which she had inherited from her husband. Indeed this is thought to be the seat of the Corporation of wool and cloth manufacturers, although another interpretation claim that the building was dedicated by the priestess to the Gens Iulia and was used for cult worship of the Emperor Augustus through the statues of his ancestor. The building itself dates from the Tiberian age and looks onto the Forum from a façade with tw ... continue
RECIPE OF THE DAY OF THE ANCIENT POMPEII
CUCURBITAS MORE ALEXANDRINO (Alexandrine Squash)
(Apic. 3, 4, 3) Ingredients:
1 gourd (or courgette, small pumpkin or squash)
3 - 4 mint leaves, shredded
3 tbsp vinegar
50 g dates, finely chopped
50 g blanched almonds, finely chopped
2 tbsp clear honey
60 ml Liquamen (or, in this case, vegetable stock)
4 tbsp Defritum (or Wine or Grape Juice reduced by two thirds)
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.