Brothel in Pompeii

Oddly enough, one of the most popular structures inside Pompeii is the brothel. People line up to see it as the next photo shows:

DSC_3168The building itself is actually quite small and the rooms for clients tiny. On the walls were painted advertisements for various services:

DSC_3169A potential client need not speak the local language, simply point and agree to the price.

DSC_3170The clever Romans knew how to do business and seemed to have thought of everything. In the next post, we’ll take a look at a snack stand.

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Published in: on November 25, 2018 at 2:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Roman baths, Pompeii

No Roman town would be complete without a bathing complex. Pompeii featured a marvelous facility. The exterior of the structure wasn’t much to see in its current condition:

DSC_3157But going inside, one is very impressed. The photo below shows the sort of locker room with niches where bathers places their belongings:

DSC_3158Here’s a look at what was a sauna. The break in the wall shows the hollow space where hot air flowed to warm the room:

DSC_3159And here’s a look at an indoor pool, complete with skylight:

DSC_3167And another bathing area:

DSC_3160Of  course there was quite a bit of decoration as can be seen from the ceiling show in the next image:

DSC_3165The Romans thought of everything for this facility. It must have been a pleasant place to get clean, relax, and have a chat with your fellow resident. Surely it was the precursor to today’s modern spas.

Published in: on November 24, 2018 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Pompeii, house interior painting

Continuing with home visits in Pompeii, here you see how some of the rooms were painted. Of course, there’s this famous one:

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And here is another one showing you a room with more context:

DSC_3154There’s an attempt in the panting above to show perspective. Moving closer, here’s some detail from the center:

DSC_3155For all those bright colors, take a look at a space adorned in darker hues:

DSC_3180There were many more rooms like this to show. Sadly, space here does not permit sharing them. I may do a photo essay in a few months with just random images from Pompeii. More to come from this fantastic archaeological site.

Published in: on November 23, 2018 at 11:43 am  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome to Pompeii!

Pompeii is one of those archaeological sites that’s a buck-list must for many people, including me. I’d watched countless videos about it, read books, and hoped to get there one day.

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Well, I finally did. The photo above shows one of the entrances through the town walls. Note Mt. Vesuvius in the background. From this angle, you can see about 1/3 of the crater cone is missing. That’s the part that came down the hill, burying the town. Here’s another gate, this one actually in town:DSC_3140Note those paved streets, curbs, and sidewalks. Not much different than a modern town. The next posts, will take a closer look at the buildings in town, including houses, the baths, and shops.

Published in: on November 20, 2018 at 10:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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