New evidence shows that the ancient Romans of Pompeii did some things that might be thought of as a bit kinky, in an exhibitionist-kind of way, if the same things were done today. It was either that or they paid absolutely no attention to the slaves who served them, as their owners engaged in sexual relations right in front of their slaves.
A new BBC series on Pompeii has some very interesting new information on the ancient Romans and how they lived before their bodies were encased in lava for eternity. According to Yahoo News on February 28, Mary Beard’s new documentary, “Pompeii: Life Before Death” will air on March 3 on the BBC channel. She has found a “brilliant example of slaves being invisible,” claims Beard during an interview on this documentary.
The Times of U.K. describes the up and coming documentary and the woman, Beard, who has created this piece. They write: “Britain’s most famous classicist, also known as “that woman with the grey hair”, is making some new primetime programs about her specialist subjects, Rome and Pompeii.”
She has found a wall painting in Pompeii that shows a slave doing daily housework with the slave’s owners having sex in full sight of the slave. She claims that the painting demonstrates how slaves during that time were just not seen, which is the “brilliant example of being invisible” she was talking about.
Most people today wouldn’t think of having sex where others can see you, unless of course you are an exhibitionist. In that case having sex within eye shot of an audience plays into part of your arousal when engaging in sexual acts.
That probably wasn’t the case for the ancient Romans, it was more like the slaves were in the room just as you would consider furniture in the room today. No one is going to pay attention to the furniture during the act of sex, which is the way they considered the slaves in ancient Rome, basically invisible. The documentary will also show the deplorable conditions the slaves lived in during the ancient times.
This documentary will also talk about some of the discoveries made within the actual lava entombed bodies, like the majority of them were young people, who stayed around despite the volcano showing signs of eruption.
The people of Pompeii are very much like one of the other wonders of the world. They were encased in lava so quickly that their frozen in time bodies offer up so much detail from the expressions on their faces to their last movements alive. Many died during activities of daily life from the intense heat. The lava entombed their bodies so quickly that there was no exit from the catastrophe for these folks in Pompeii.
Heat was the major cause of death that day that the volcano erupted in 79 A.D. as temperature got as high as 482 degrees C, which equals out to be almost 900 degrees F. The heat surges coming from the eruption probably killed the majority of the folks, which is discussed in Beard’s documentary. The volcano caused tons of debris to fill the town, which remained buried 1,700 years until excavation of Pompeii was started by researchers back in 1748.