Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Pleasure as a Central Value in Life

House of the Figured Capitals (VII.iv.57), Pompeii (married couple):

House of the Figured Capitals (VII.iv.57), Pompeii (maenad and satyr):

Paul Zanker, Pompeii: Public and Private Life, tr. Deborah Lucas Schneider (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998), pp. 38-39:
On the capital to the right of the entrance the master of the house, naked to the waist, is shown at a banquet, together with his wife. Across from them are a drunken satyr and maenad. With this type of self-depiction the owner identified himself with the cult of Dionysus and the notion of pleasure as a central value in life.

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