Daily life in the Ancient Pompeii

The true life of the inhabitants of Pompeii can be reconstructed thanks to the many graffiti on the walls.

That’s one of the oldest caricature of an ancient roman engraving: Rufus est (this is Rufus).

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The Pizza a Portafoglio Made in Naples!

The “Pizza a Portafoglio” It’s a special pizza that can be folded on itself and looks like a billfold. In this way it is possible to eat it on the street, even standing or walking, using only one hand and without the risk to getting dirty!

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The Cumaean Sibyl

Only one month ago the “Antro della Sibilla” (the Sybil Cave) of the Greek Colony of Cuma in the Burning Fields reopened.

Who was the Sibyl?
The Cumaean Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the oracle of Apollo in the city. The word Sibyl comes from the ancient Greek word sibylla, meaning prophetess. There were many sibyls in different locations throughout the ancient world but the importance of the Cumaean Sibyl is due to the legends of early Rome and Virgil wrote about her in the Aeneid, so the Cumaean Sibyl became the most famous among the Romans.
The famous cave was identified as the “house of the Sibyl” based on the description by Virgil in the Aeneid: the cave is a trapezoidal passage over 131 m long, running parallel to the side of the hill and cut out of the volcanic stone and leads to an innermost chamber, where the Sibyl was thought to have prophesied.

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The Roses of Paestum

Fields of wonderful fragrant roses adorned the city of Paestum about two thousand years ago. The crops were used to obtain ointments and perfumes: in the northwest corner of the Pestum roman square, it is still possible to identify the remains of an ancient perfumery. The rose flower is the symbol of spring and owes its name to the nymph Roda, daughter of Aphrodite and Poseidon. The Paestum Rose was called by the Romans “Damask bifera”, because it had a second flowering in autumn after the first in spring and it was so popular that Virgilio coined the expression Paestano cultu, referring to the special local technique of cultivation of roses. Today, thanks to archaeobotanical studies, the paestana rose has returned to flourish in the archaeological area.

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Emiliano on Channel4 !

“Travel Man” is a series with the British comedians Richard Ayoade and Jack Dee that shows to people how to have the most efficient holiday possible!

Richard and Jack met Emiliano in Herculaneum !!

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