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Pompeii ‘Suburban Baths’ restoration shows off Roman erotic frescoes


Professor Massimo Osanna, Superintendent of the Archaeological Site of Pompeii, has decided to give tourists the opportunity to visit the recently restored Suburban Baths and to see their erotic frescoes during the Christmas holiday season.

Minors are prohibited from entering [Credit: TANN]
The Suburban Baths are a large thermal complex of the Julio-Claudian age located immediately outside the city walls, near the entrance of Porta Marina.

Pompeii ‘Suburban Baths’ restoration shows off Roman erotic frescoes
Pompeii ‘Suburban Baths’ restoration shows off Roman erotic frescoes
Some of the erotic vignettes adorning the walls of Pompeii's Suburban Baths [Credit: Sailko/WikiCommons]
Ordinarily closed to the public, the frescoes are considered among the most evocative and erotic places of the ancient Roman city.

The erotic frescoes, adorning the ‘apodyterium’ or dressing room, are a true "erotic snapshot" of the time say scholars.

Pompeii ‘Suburban Baths’ restoration shows off Roman erotic frescoes
Terme Suburbane (Pompei) [Credit: Mentnafunangann/WikiCommons]
They depict the "benefits" offered upstairs (in the superior floor) by prostitutes two thousand years ago to the rich merchants who came to Pompeii to conclude important affairs.

The Thermae have been already opened to the public this week.

Source: Il Matino [November 24, 2016]
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