As you walk down the broken streets of Pompeii in the blistering heat, you imagine these proud people (Italians) must have lived in absolute squalor. For one, many of the houses are the size of one of our modern walk-in closets. For two, it’s easy to confuse ruins for poor people houses if you don’t remember that they were through a volcanic eruption.
Who knew they had rich people in Pompeii?! The interiors from last week just showed how primitive these folks were, but to see these “mansions” with pillars and gardens, you begin to understand that there were rich people amongst the morons. Maybe they were actors, musicians or reality show stars, whomever they were, they were rich and better than everyone else!
Fancy dwellings in Pompeii are still just lousy 2 bedroom, attached apartments on some unimproved road. They have a backyard with some precariously placed pillars, but certainly not luxury as we know it.
It’s interesting what people can find when excavating the ruins of some ancient world. We are all aware of gorgeous marble pillars! Even pillars cut from regular old stone are impressive. Here we see that the people of Pompeii were a cheap, honourable people who made pillars out of brick and then slapped some cement on them to make you think they were stone. And these were the rich people, dear reader.
If you want someone to think you’re rich and fancy, call your garden a “courtyard”. It might be small and you might still have a neighbour that literally shares a wall with you, but if you have a “courtyard”, you’re high-end!
Not sure if the seeds that grew these trees were ancient seeds which lay dormant until uncovered by professionals with brushes and shovels. I hope so, because to plant new seeds would be a very questionable archaeological practice.
Re: Above picture… does anyone know what that could be about? Totally can’t remember a thing about it!
Poor people draw on walls (modern days: canvases), but rich people make 3 dimensional art out of rocks (in Italy… a lot!). When strolling around these fancy places, you will find fantastic little sculptures (because it’s not Rome, they didn’t have the budget for the big ones). Are they still strikingly original and awe-inspiring? Nah, not really.
The little statue at the end of this post looked HUGE in the pamphlet about Pompeii. Once arriving to see this “attraction”, it was slightly bigger than a barbie doll. It’s some Greek god or faun or something (I have the same body type).
Was it disappointing? A let down? Mediocre? A waste of sweating in the painful, Italian heat? Yup, more or less.