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We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms. Erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum is a phenomenon often omitted from textbooks about ancient history. These famous Roman cities destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE were discovered with preserved buildings and artifacts in the 18th century.
Archaeological work has revealed that the cities were full of erotic artifacts such as statues, frescoes, and household items decorated with sexual themes. It was so shocking to scholars that a large of erotic artifacts from Pompeii were locked away from the public for nearly years. Re-opened, closed, re-opened again and then closed again for nearly years, the Secret Museum, which is a part of the National Archaeological Museum , Naples now presents erotic artifacts from the excavations that for years were perceived as obscene, or at least problematic.
The phalluses, as an independent phenomenon or as a body part of Pan, Priapus, or a similar deity were a common image. Priapus was the god of sex and fertility and was often shown with an oversized erection. The phalluses might have also been treated as a ward against the evil eye, which sounds like a quite interesting concept nowadays. In Pompei and Herculaneum you can see a lot of big erotic frescoes on walls. They might have been advertisements for brothels. Brothels also had many erotic paintings and graffiti inside. The most interesting of which was The Lupanar which had 10 rooms cubicula, 5 per floor , a balcony, and a latrine.
Prostitution was relatively inexpensive for the Roman male, but it is important to note that even a low priced prostitute earned more than three times the wages of an unskilled urban laborer. However, it was unlikely a freedwoman would enter the profession. These pictures were found in a changing room on one side of the newly excavated Suburban Baths in the early s.
The function of the pictures is not yet clear: some authors say that they indicate that the services of prostitutes were available on the upper floor of the bathhouse and could perhaps be a sort of advertisement, while others prefer the hypothesis that their only purpose was to decorate the walls with joyful scenes, which was a popular thing in Roman culture. Well, whatever works! But to be honest, her greatest accomplishment is being the owner of Pimpek the Cat.
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Drunk, sleeping men are rarely, if ever, beautiful and sexually appealing, but this is not the case with this really sexy faun from ancient Greece. This monumental statue, today kept in Munich, is not only intriguing for its aesthetics, but also for its obscure origins, stormy We admire the beauty and plasticity of ancient sculptures, how harmoniously they fit into the surrounding landscape.
But we rarely ask ourselves the question of whether they were presented in this form to people of ancient world. Warning: this may come as a shock. Ancient sculptures His tenure as emperor was not exceptionally short for the period, plagued as it was by wars both foreign and civil, but its notable features include the tragic outcome of Subscribe to DailyArt Magazine newsletter Just e-mail, and we'll let you know when there are interesting art history stories to read. Please let us know all the ways you would like to hear from us: .
Connect with us. Woman wearing a strophium bra during sex, Casa del Centenario, Pompeii, Italy. What can we see in Pompeii and Herculaneum? A lot of phalluses Erotic Art in Pompeii and Herculaneum: Phallus set in a small temple carved of tuff , from Pompeii, c. Erotic Art in Pompeii and Herculaneum: Two men and a woman making love; Pompeian wall painting, from one of the Therms baths , the south wall of the changing rooms — painted around 79 BCE. Erotic Art in Pompeii and Herculaneum: Fresco from the suburban baths depicting cunnilingus, Pompeian wall painting.
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