Scenes from Pompeii

Pompeii can be found in the Campania region of Italy close to Naples. When Mount Vesuvius erupted on the 24th of August, 79 AD, it buried Pompeii in ash and soot, killed 20,000 people and also preserved an ancient Roman city. The eruption took people by surprise as some were sleeping when they died. Jars and paintings have been preserved. The city was literally frozen it time. There was a lot to see and take in so let’s start.

Many businesses lined this street. You can see traces of the type of businesses that were operating here at the time. There was even a loaf of bread found in one of the ovens. I guess what shocked me the most about Pompeii is its size and to think that there remains a third that has not been excavated.

A typical street in Pompeii.

A loaf of bread was found inside the oven.

Here’s another photo of that oven.

Narrow stalls, but if you’ve been to an Asian mall, then you’ll know it’s enough space to carry on a business.

This establishment may have sold wine. Picture the wine jars sitting on that counter in those round holes. I’ve included a photo below of the wine jars and how they may have been carried.

These may have been wine jars.

This shows how the wine jars may have been carried.

Yes, the water is safe to drink even in Pompeii.

Typical Roads of Pompeii

This is a typical paved road in Pompeii. Notice where that person is standing? Those are stepping stones people used to get from one side of the street to the other.

Typical road in Pompeii.

Notice the grooves between the stepping stones made by carts that travelled on these roads.

Close-up of a stepping stone.

Another typical road.

Follow the signs…

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the erotic art found in Pompeii. Not surprising to find brothels in a city this size. But what surprised me the most was that the symbols were so prominently displayed, or maybe it was only prominent because it was brought to our attention, although you can decide for yourself. The first photo below is a phallic symbol used as a street sign. The direction the phallus is pointing indicates the direction to the brothels.

A phallic sign right on the pavement directing you to the brothels. It means take the first street on your left.

A phallic symbol adorns a building.

The light coloured building is the Lupanar of Pompeii. It is considered to be the largest brothel in Pompeii with ten rooms. It is also famous for its erotic frescoes.

A bed, assuming inside one of the brothels. If memory serves me right, it was across the Lupanar.

One of the frescoes that can be found inside the Lupanar.

Stay tuned for more Pompeii photos on my next post.


About May Dayao

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5 Responses to Scenes from Pompeii

  1. andy1076 says:

    Wow the way the city was preserved really is amazing!

  2. zelmare says:

    Fantastic! I want to go there! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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