Sex in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Friday 10 May 2013,

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Exhibition Curator Paul Roberts uncovers how the Romans used and viewed 'sexual' material and suggests how we should view them today.

The rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum produced a huge quantity of 'sexual' material, from wall paintings to lamps.

Roman art contained overtly erotic images but also others with different relevance, encompassing humour, fertility and superstition. Images of phalluses, in particular, were everywhere in the cities – a lucky symbol to protect people, houses and businesses.

Age: 11+

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Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife. Pompeii, AD 55–79. © DeAgostini/SuperStock.