Eros in pompeii: the erotic art collection of the museum of naples new york: stewart, tabori and chang isbn 978-1556706202 mcginn, thomas aj (2004) the economy of prostitution in the roman world ann arbor: the university of michigan press isbn 9780472113620 varone, antonio (2001) eroticism in pompeii getty trust publications j. Prostitution in ancient rome was legal and licensed in ancient rome , even roman men of the highest social status were free to engage prostitutes of either sex without incurring moral disapproval,  as long as they demonstrated self-control and moderation in the frequency and enjoyment of sex. Sex in the ancient world: prostitution in pompeii 1h 28min | history | tv movie 3 august 2009 the excavations of pompeii reveal a thriving sex industry with prostitutes ranging from female slaves to male celebrities.
The oldest profession of all appears to be alive and well in pompeii after a blitz by vice police near the ancient city netted €200,000 (£160,000) in fines from street prostitutes and their customers in just two weeks.
Like the anxious men who began excavations at pompeii in the 18th century and discovered more about the ancient italians than they had bargained for – such as phallic-shaped lamps – historians of sex are regularly confronted with case studies from the past that challenge their own ethics prostitution prostitute pimp mural bed cell. For instance, the chambers where the prostitutes worked were windowless, cramped, and uncomfortable places separated from the anteroom only by curtains furthermore, it has been suggested that most of the prostitutes in pompeii were slaves of oriental or greek origin. 296 a catalog of possible prostitutes at pompeii lingers over the identi‹cation of brothels, i refrain from explicit attempts at linking possible prostitutes with possible brothels, at least for now.
Pompeii has a reputation for lasciviousness and was often a by-word for sex and prostitution but in reality the people were no more promiscuous than other roman towns and cities and the erotic artwork discovered in pompeii were sources of art, titillation, fertility and lucky charms as well as some being deliberately explicit.
Prostitutes at the brothel were not exclusively women men, especially young former-slaves, sold themselves there too - to both men and women the erotic lives of pompeii's prostitues were recently illustrated by western university professor, kelly olson. The excavations of pompeii reveal a thriving sex industry with prostitutes ranging from female slaves to male celebrities but like today sexual promiscuity was not considered proper or even legal this program examines how such blatant behavior could flourish under fairly strict social norms and whether pompeii was a sexual hot spot or reflects common practice in the roman empire.
The phallus was a very common decoration for good luck in pompeii and was painted in the houses, in the streets, and in the shops one of the famous brothels in pompeii is called the lupanare (latin for wolf’s den) this was a two-storey building built just years before the destruction of pompeii.
Prostitution in ancient rome was legal and licensed in ancient rome, even roman men of the highest social status were free to engage prostitutes of either sex without incurring moral disapproval, as long as they demonstrated self-control and moderation in the frequency and enjoyment of sex. Although most of the erotic art was ushered out of the ancient city and into private collections or the extraordinary collection known as the gabinetto segreto in naples, the frescos in the lupanar grande still adorn the walls above stone beds where the prostitutes of pompeii plied their trade other erotic art at pompeii remains intact at the house of the vetti and the suburban baths. The lupanar of pompeii sex house was was a hangout for wealthy businessmen and politicians before the roman city was famously wiped out by a volcanic eruption in 79 ad.