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10/29/2006 08:56 PM ID: 57965 Permalink   

Tourists Rush to Pompeii to get a Glimpse at its Erotic Past

 

The Lupanare, an extravagant 2000-year-old brothel in Pompeii featuring erotic wall paintings, attracted hundreds of tourists after it underwent a restoration costing $250,000 (€200,000, £134,000) and was reopened.

According to archaeologists, prostitution was legal at that time and most sex workers were either slaves or came from Greece. Sex workers charged the equivalent of the price of 8 red wine glasses.

Pompeii, located near Mount Vesuvius, was reduced to rubble in AD79 due to a volcanic eruption. Although the eruption ended the lives of those who lived there, it froze the city in time, allowing us to see what it was like to live in Roman times.

 
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  Drunken harlots! Gotta love em.  
 
'Sex workers charged the equivalent of the price of 8 red wine glasses.'

I just want to try to impede the deluge of sarcastic comments this sentence will induce. I want to be the first to say something about it!

Eight glasses of wine... After a busy night on their backs, they'd end up in the Vomitorium! (It's true-- there were actual establishments for people to vomit into in Ancient Rome).
 
  by: theironboard     10/29/2006 09:40 PM     
  Nice try tib!  
 
Or maybe I didn't realize you were being sarcastic, for that I apologize! They were actually extra passages to let people out of the colisseum even faster, "vomiting" the people after a show.

http://www.straightdope.com/...

Not to say vomiting wasn't practiced regularly, just not in a vomitorium.
 
  by: caution2     10/29/2006 10:13 PM     
  anyone else  
 
think of pink floyd when they read this article.
 
  by: hamstertube   10/30/2006 12:58 AM     
  @hamster  
 
nope, but thats a great video
 
  by: reverend j roach     10/30/2006 08:20 AM     
  I can't get my hands on good photos  
 
anyone lives around there/ has been and can describe it in more detail??
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     10/30/2006 12:39 PM     
  my parents visited this month  
 
Lets just say on the walls are all kinds of kinky pictures, kinda like the KArma Sutra... and "apparently" because of the many languages spoken at the time, any guests to the brothel who didnt speak the native language would point to what they wanted. :p
 
  by: koultunami     10/30/2006 01:48 PM     
  The beds  
 
were stone slabs. And you could find the places becauses penises were carved into the street curbs pointing the way.
 
  by: walter3ca   10/30/2006 09:40 PM     
  ok i shouldn't have asked that!  
 
will just have to find out for myself!
=P
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     10/30/2006 11:22 PM     
 
 
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