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Dirty jokes in latrine mosaics entertained Ancient Romans
FoxNews.com ^ | Nov 6, 2018 | Megan Gannon Live Science Contributor | LiveScience

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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KEYWORDS: dietandcuisine; godsgravesglyphs; romanempire
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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.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=monty+python+biggus+dickus

http://montypython.50webs.com/scripts/Life_of_Brian/13.htm

1 posted on 11/06/2018 9:39:09 AM PST by ETL
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To: ETL

[[ Narcissus is typically shown falling in love with his own reflection in water.]]

oabama is typically shown falling in love with his own reflection in water.


2 posted on 11/06/2018 9:42:30 AM PST by Bob434
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To: ETL

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.


3 posted on 11/06/2018 9:45:02 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Bob434
"Narcissus is typically shown falling in love with his own reflection in water."

Obama is typically shown falling in love with his own reflection in water.





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4 posted on 11/06/2018 9:48:16 AM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: ETL

“He has a wife, you know.”


5 posted on 11/06/2018 9:48:35 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Lol!!


6 posted on 11/06/2018 9:48:46 AM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Image result for roman toilet paper holder
7 posted on 11/06/2018 9:49:38 AM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Apparently the Romans liked to inscribe these with the names of people they did not like.

Very funny. How did I miss that at the Vatican Museum?

8 posted on 11/06/2018 9:50:28 AM PST by Veto! (Political Correctness Offends Me)
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To: ETL

DEFECATO ERGO SUM


9 posted on 11/06/2018 9:53:25 AM PST by Publius
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Bob434
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.







Image result for roman toilet paper

10 posted on 11/06/2018 9:54:33 AM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: Bob434

11 posted on 11/06/2018 10:02:39 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: ETL

Trivia. That Roman soldier actor was told that if he laughed out loud he wouldn’t be paid.


12 posted on 11/06/2018 10:04:00 AM PST by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: ETL

Urinal screens with Cesear’s picture on them?


13 posted on 11/06/2018 10:07:30 AM PST by bigbob (Trust Sessions. Trust the Plan.)
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To: Publius

The post of the day!


14 posted on 11/06/2018 10:13:06 AM PST by CTyank
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To: bigbob

Vespasian, surely....


15 posted on 11/06/2018 10:13:10 AM PST by Eepsy
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To: SkyDancer

he has a wife you know...


16 posted on 11/06/2018 10:17:53 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: teeman8r

Watched that movie several times with the folks.


17 posted on 11/06/2018 10:39:15 AM PST by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Gamecock; SaveFerris; PROCON

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?

Elaine: Yeah.

Jerry: Toilet paper’s changed.

Elaine: Yeah.

Jerry: It’s softer.

Elaine: Softer.

Jerry: More sheets per roll

Elaine: Sheets.

Jerry: Comes in a wide variety of colors.

Elaine: Colors.

George: Ok, ok, fine! It’s changed, it’s not really the point.


18 posted on 11/06/2018 10:42:26 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: SkyDancer

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.


19 posted on 11/06/2018 10:43:13 AM PST by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: ETL

“Ego sum Fartacus!”


20 posted on 11/06/2018 10:44:17 AM PST by rfp1234 (I have already previewed this composition.)
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