Lupanar, Pompeii

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  • Erotic scenes on the walls of Lupanar
    Erotic scenes on the walls of Lupanar
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  • an ancient bed in the brothel of Pompeii
    an ancient bed in the brothel of Pompeii
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    The Lupanar

    by sim1 Updated Dec 30, 2003

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    Hahaha, this is a place most people go to see when they are in Pompeii. The Lupanar... or in other words, the brothel, as you can probably understand when you take a good look at the picture.

    The lupanar had 10 stone beds with mattresses, each bed set in its own small room. On the doors to the rooms there are illustrated scenes of sexual acts advertising the 'specialities' of the resident prostitutes.

    The Lupanar

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    by stephenshephard Written Oct 23, 2003

    A lupanar is a Roman brothel. There were several in Pompeii, this is the one marked on the tourist maps.

    A lot of buildings in Pompeii were identified as having a certain purpose by archaeologists using their specialist knowledge and the artefacts found there, items long since removed to the museum in Naples. This building is interesting because as soon as you enter its purpose is unmistakable. It consists of a number of small cubicles, containing small beds. Above each door is a fresco leaving little to the imagination.

    Families who do not feel like explaining the use of this building to their children may want to give this a miss though.

    Brothel fresco, Pompeii
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    Pompeii Brothels

    by Venturingnow Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Brothels and erotic frescos are pretty important parts of Pompeii. Unlike most of the buildings at Pompeii, this one has been extensively rebuilt--though there still isn't much to see inside, although it is very interesting to know that in 75AD, there were brothels.

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    the lupatorium

    by doug48 Written Aug 1, 2006

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    the lupatorium was pompeii's house of prositution. the lupatorium was closed during my visit to pompeii but i understand the interior has many erotic frescos.

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