Friday, October 27, 2006

The best little whorehouse in Pompeii

Apparently there is a lovely brothel in Pompeii that is being restored to the tune of over a quarter of a million dollars.

I'm not a conservative individual, but I'm astounded by this.

"Among the buildings was the two-story brothel with 10 rooms -- five on each floor -- and a latrine. Each room on the ground floor bears a fresco of a different sex scene painted over its door -- possibly suggesting the prostitute's specialty." Who needs a business card when your *ahem* speciality is painted on your door?

The prostitutes were slaves. And all the money (EIGHT times the cost of a portion of wine) went to their John. Gee. Just the kind of place I'd like to check out on a sightseeing tour.
Now. I'm not downplaying the importance of the artifacts. I believe it's an important view into the ancient world.
But, oh boy, what a view.

I guess what happens in available for the world to see at roughly a quarter of a million dollars.


Tori Lennox said...

ROFL!!! Just think! In a thousand years, somebody can excavate in Nevada and restore the Mustang Ranch brothel. *g*

Olga said...

What a story! I wonder if they restored the rest of Pompeii, too?

Michelle said...

I've been to that room! It was really fascinating. Actually what I found funnier was the picture painted of one of the gods and his, er, male part that was half his body size. Yeah, right. In your dreams, pal.