Pompeii: The Art of Loving (BOK)

Cinzia Dal Maso

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Does Pompeii really deserve its reputation as a city of vice 'punished' by the eruption for its sinful ways? Were there really brothels and prostitutes on every corner of its streets? Or was it rather, like so many other towns, simply protected by Venus, with the temple of the goddess of love near the harbour, lots of inscriptions on the walls, and only one whorehouse openly operating as such? Were the numerous and renowned erotic frescoes and graffiti really licentious or do they only appear so to our prudish eyes and Christian morality? What is certain is that the Romans had a less inhibited attitude towards sex than we do. They talked and joked about it with a naturalness that we have lost. In this respect the Pompeians were no more dissolute than any other citizens of the empire. At the same time, however, there was something very particular and odd about the city. The sheer number and variety of sexual references in Pompeii in 79 AD has no parallel in the known Roman world. The possibility that the city was, at least in that period, something more than a simple sea port like so many others, is an intriguing hypothesis and one that the pages of this book explore and illustrate while seeking to preserve the slender thread that still links us to that ancient and vital slice of hummanity.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Cinzia Dal Maso
ISBN 9788866481157
Antall sider 95 Dimensjoner 17cm x 21,5cm x 1,4cm
Vekt 449 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form European history, Ancient history: to c 500 CE, Social & cultural history, Sociology: sexual relations

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