Skip to comments.Dirty jokes in latrine mosaics entertained Ancient Romans
Posted on 11/06/2018 9:39:09 AM PST by ETL
As men relieved themselves at the public toilets in the coastal city of Antiochia ad Cragum some 1,800 years ago, they probably would have been amused by dirty scenes crafted into floor mosaics, archaeologists have found.
"We were stunned at what we were looking at," said Michael Hoff, an archaeologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"You have to understand the myths to make it really come alive, but bathroom humor is kind of universal as it turns out."
The two mosaic scenes twist common tropes in Greek and Roman art. Narcissus is typically shown falling in love with his own reflection in water. In the mosaic at Antiochia ad Cragum, which was likely created in the second century, only half of the scene is preserved but, Hoff told Live Science, "it's the good half."
Narcissus is shown with an uncharacteristically long nose, which would have been considered ugly by the beauty standards of the time. He looks down, presumably admiring the reflection of his conspicuous p____ instead of his face.
In myth, Zeus disguised himself as an eagle to kidnap the Trojan adolescent Ganymede and make him a cupbearer to the gods. (The myth offered a model for relationships between men and adolescent boys in ancient Greece.) In art depicting that abduction, Ganymede is often shown holding a stick and rolling hoop as a toy.
In the image in the latrine, Ganymede instead holds tongs with a sponge, a reference to the sponges that would have been used for wiping the toilet. And Zeus is not an eagle but a heron, with a long beak grasping a sponge and dabbing Ganymede's p____.
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GUARD #4: chuckling
PILATE: What's so... funny about the name "Biggus _ickus"?
CENTURION: Well, it's a joke name, sir.
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oabama is typically shown falling in love with his own reflection in water.
The Vatican Museum has a set of ceramic cylinders from ancient Rome that were long thought to be board pieces for a chess-like game.
They are not. They are in fact what the Romans used in place of toilet paper.
There is writing on some of them. Apparently the Romans liked to inscribe these with the names of people they did not like.
Obama is typically shown falling in love with his own reflection in water.
“He has a wife, you know.”
Very funny. How did I miss that at the Vatican Museum?
DEFECATO ERGO SUM
Trivia. That Roman soldier actor was told that if he laughed out loud he wouldn’t be paid.
Urinal screens with Cesear’s picture on them?
The post of the day!
he has a wife you know...
Watched that movie several times with the folks.
George: We discussed toilet paper.
Jerry: Toilet paper?
George: Yeah, I told her how toilet paper hasn’t changed in my lifetime, and probably wouldn’t change in the next fifty thousand years and she was fascinated, fascinated!
Jerry: What are you talking about?
Jerry: Toilet paper’s changed.
Jerry: It’s softer.
Jerry: More sheets per roll
Jerry: Comes in a wide variety of colors.
George: Ok, ok, fine! It’s changed, it’s not really the point.
i love python...
i had an 8 hour vhs with all the movies and hollywood bowl... walked out on my father at the beginning of the tape, came back 8 hours later and my dad was just finishing it... he said that was one long movie, but funny.
“Ego sum Fartacus!”
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