Eroticism in Pompeii

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Author  Antonio Varone
Publisher  Oxford University Press
Publication Date   August 1, 2001
ISBN  0892366281
Pages  120

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Since its discovery in the middle of the eighteenth century, Pompeii has fascinated scholars and non-experts alike. The thrill of finding the ancient city-buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD-was heightened by the rich history of this Roman town and her people. These four books-official thematic guides to the archaeological site-delve into the life and culture in Pompeii by exploring scenes depicted in the city's copious artwork, including frescoes, sculptures, and mosaics.

The ancient Romans--a society with a more relaxed attitude toward sex--practiced and portrayed a diverse array of sexual activities. This book sheds light on the ways eroticism appeared in the resort city of Pompeii by combining excerpts from the authors of the time, especially Martial, with erotic sculptures and frescoes discovered at the site. Beautiful color images of artwork from Pompeii accompany chapters on public, private, and sacred erotic displays, as well as ironic depictions and parodies.

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