Today in Gay History – August 24, 79 AD: Mount Vesuvius Erupts Burying Tons Of Ancient Gay Porn Under Ash

Today in Gay History: August 24, 79 AD - Mt. Vesuvius Erupts Burying Tons Of Ancient Gay Porn Under Ash

That sure ain’t Kit Harrington!

 

Today in Gay History: August 24, 79 AD

Mt Vesuvius erupts burying Pompeii and preserving the city. The ash preserves homoerotic frescoes that Christianity would no doubt have destroyed had they not been covered. When the artwork was first discovered, people found it so scandalous that much of it was  locked away in the National Museum of Naples, where it remained hidden from view for over 100 years. In 2000, the art was finally made view-able to the public, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

The volcanic ash also saved graffiti found centuries later by archaeologists. One scratching on a wall reads, ” Phoebus the perfume sellers sucks real good.”

Others walls around Pompeii read like a truck stop bathroom, including some colorful gay comments. As they appeared on August 24, 79 AD:

On the bar-brothel of Innulus and Papilio:

Weep, you girls.  My penis has given you up.  Now it penetrates men’s behinds.  Goodbye, wondrous femininity!

On the house of the Citharist below a drawing of a man with a large nose:

Amplicatus, I know that Icarus is buggering you.  Salvius wrote this.

On the basilica:

Phileros is a eunuch!

On the Eumachia Building:

Secundus likes to screw boys.

On the house of Orpheus:

I have buggered men.

The people of Pompeii also appear to have worshiped a phallic god. Many objects in Pompeii had some erotic symbolism or art work bestowed upon it. Here’s a sign outside a Pompeii bakery.

 

Pompeii bakery

 

The bakery sign above reads “Hic habitat felicitas”, meaning “Here lives happiness”

I can see why.

 

Source:  Erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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