Fresco showing two lovers on a bed, attended by a slave

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    A fresco (wall painting) from Pompeii that shows two lovers on a bed attended by a slave. Roman art was filled with depictions of the body and human intimacy. However, trying to understand how the Romans viewed such images is a challenge. Some imagery is intentionally erotic, such as the frescoes showing couples making love (such as this one); though this does not mean, as some some have argued, that wherever such paintings appeared there was debauchery. In fact, the fresco shown here came from the garden area of the very respectable house of the banker Lucius Caecilius Iucundus. The erotic art in this bedroom was most probably for the benefit of the owners of the house, rather than any commercial purpose. An interesting aspect in the depictions of lovemaking is the frequent presence of slaves and servants. In this fresco a female slave wearing a light blue tunic can be seen behind the bed. Slaves would certainly be in attendance in the cubiculum (bedroom) to help with all the different activities that took place there. Some larger rooms even had designated bedroom slaves called cubicularii.

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