Pompeii: THE place to relax City Planning Covering over 62 hectares, Pompeii is one of the largest relaxation towns in the modern world.
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Pompeii: THE place to relax City Planning Covering over 62 hectares, Pompeii is one of the largest relaxation towns in the modern world. The city is well planned, with activities to suit people of all ages, sexes and interests. The streets and roads divide the town into ordered rectangular blocks, which contain a diversity of shops, houses, business, as well as a variety of different buildings. The city has been planned carefully to take full advantage of the pleasant seaside, with similar buildings close to each other. Shops are located all through Pompeii with an emphasis on convenience. Temples are also located in a designated area for all your daily praying needs. There are also many baths and entertainment centres strategically paced at different parts of the city for optimum access and convenience. People of Pompeii The people of Pompeii can be considered to be one of the most law abiding citizen of the Roman world. The city follows a rigid code of conduct, and is free from crime and violence. Yet, the city is not dull. The people are friendly, open and merry. Classes Like every Roman city, Pompeii has a simple system of classes. This is defined by the ruling body, the ordo decurionum who meet in the Basilica to run the city. It is made up of 100 decurions, elected for life.
The most important visitors are situated in the middle and lesser visitors on the couch to the right, with the host on the left couch. All guests are expected to obey a general set of rules for polite behaviour. Some banquets are said to be so magnificent that they are portrayed as reliefs or mosaics. Home Entertainment For those more reserved, there are also many home entertainment activities. The wealthy can relax and enjoy the environment, enjoying the cool sea breezes and spectacular views. The open roofed solariums allow sun baking, and the cubicula diurna rooms let in cool breezes and shade during hot weather. The exedras overlook gardens and provide an excellent sot for quiet reading and relaxation. These rooms are seen in some of the magnificent houses in Pompeii. Bodily Pleasures Taverns provide gambling and plentiful drink. Gyms are also present in Pompeii, with swimming pool and an open sports ground. Baths Pompeii boasts some of the greatest baths in the Roman world. Four are built in the city, with different entrances and facilities for men and women. The baths contain tepidarium, caldariam, laconicum and frigidarium facilities, as well as rooms attached for listening to poetry or music, reading books, removing unwanted hair, eating and latrines. Plays and Festivals In Pompeii, theatres stage religious festivals and plays, such as comedies, mimes and pantomimes.
A family should pray and pay homage to the household god/s each day. There are many types household gods including * the lares: spirit protectors of the house * the penates: protect the family food supply * the genius: guarantees fertility * other imported and native gods Great gods Pompeii provides many great temples and altars for the major gods, who bring wealth and protection to the city. Pompeii also has temples dedicated to Emperor Augustus, first emperor of Rome, as well as emperor Vepasian. Currently in Pompeii, there are the following temples: * Temple of Apollo * Temple of Jupiter * Temple of Isis * Temple of Fortuna Augusta * Temple of Lares * Temple of Venus * Temple of Vespasian * Doric Temples Mosaics and frescos Pompeii is known throughout for its magnificent art. The cities wall paintings, mosaics, murals and sculptures portray life in Pompeii. Examples of this art are present throughout the city. In the Villa of Mysteries, walls have screens painted on the, above which is painted sky. This is designed to give an optical illusion, an example of the second style popular in 90-10 BCE. The House of the Centenary has a fabulous white room, entirely covered in a delicate leaf pattern, an example of the fourth style in 55-79 ACE. As well as being beautiful, mosaics also serve a purpose, such as the guard dog in the House of the Tragic Poet.
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