Brothel building in Pompeii

Jul 2014
654
Messinia
#1
When the brothel building in Pompeii was opened for tourists in the 1970s, women were not allowed inside (assuming due to the "explicit" nature of the 2,000 year old images over the doors inside). Does anyone have any idea when women were finally allowed to see the brothel?



This is a random question, even for me, but I'm really curious about when women were finally allowed inside, how it came to be that they were finally allowed in and if there's any insight into why they weren't allowed in the first place. I have my assumptions but I'd love some information. Google searches, so far, have not been helpful and it's such a bizarre question I'm not sure where to look. Any thoughts?

Some background on the question - A friend was just telling me how she first went to Pompeii in 1973 with a college trip and she (along with the other girls) wasn't allowed in at that time but the boys were. As someone who was first able to see the Pompeii ruins, including the brothel, during a college trip of my own in 2004, I found this crazy. and it's made me very curious.
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
26,643
Italy, Lago Maggiore
#2
If you've got troubles at Pompeii ... you can go to Herculaneum [I honestly wonder why not Italians don't visit Herculanuem].

Anyway the correct word is "lupanare" [the word is connected with the wolf, the "lupo" and still today a very sexually excited person in some regions of Italy is said to be like a wolf ... an "allupato"].

I've checked, but there are no certain historical records about when women had allowed to see those erotic depictions. My guess is under the Socialist government of the 80's, but it's just a guess.
 
Mar 2015
1,428
Yorkshire
#3
When the brothel building in Pompeii was opened for tourists in the 1970s, women were not allowed inside (assuming due to the "explicit" nature of the 2,000 year old images over the doors inside). Does anyone have any idea when women were finally allowed to see the brothel?



This is a random question, even for me, but I'm really curious about when women were finally allowed inside, how it came to be that they were finally allowed in and if there's any insight into why they weren't allowed in the first place. I have my assumptions but I'd love some information. Google searches, so far, have not been helpful and it's such a bizarre question I'm not sure where to look. Any thoughts?

Some background on the question - A friend was just telling me how she first went to Pompeii in 1973 with a college trip and she (along with the other girls) wasn't allowed in at that time but the boys were. As someone who was first able to see the Pompeii ruins, including the brothel, during a college trip of my own in 2004, I found this crazy. and it's made me very curious.

My wife and I went to Pompei for the first time in 1972. Women were excluded as you say and in the House of the Vettii the fresco below was guarded behind a metal cover. The Guide led the girls into the garden to show them some exquisite flowers and then for the males unlocked the fresco with a smitty comment that his was even heavier.

I visited about 12 years later with my two daughters and to my amazement everything was open and the iron cover had been removed. Nobody even seemed to be bothered or offended and the only comment in the brotherl was that the stone bed and pillow for the prostitues - poor girls.


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