Even history thousands of years ago is not so far away

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 06:06 PM.

Wow! Triple wow! We just got back from 79 A.D., and it didn’t seem all that far away.

We toured Pompeii, and if you’re not up on your ancient history, that city was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August of that year. Because the ejection was ash instead of lava, Pompeii was more or less "gently" sealed as a spectacular time capsule, which they’re still opening.

We wandered the streets, past row upon row of shops. They even had their version of a mall. Go figure.

We sat awhile in the amphitheater. Trust me, although they were amazingly advanced, they didn’t know Jack — or should I say "Julius" — about comfort. The seats were stone as were their beds and pillows.

On the subject of beds, we visited the "red light" district. Yep, the "world’s oldest profession" was very much alive in Pompeii.

The funniest aspect of ancient prostitution was their advertising. The district entrance was identified by a stone carving protruding from over the door.

I won’t give you readers a detailed description of the artwork, but suffice it to say it illustrated their product without ambiguity. The menu consisted of pictures of each service offered, eliminating the need for language skills.

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