Pornography: the Writing’s on the Wall 1

Up Pompeii _ Titter ye not!

Up Pompeii _ Titter ye not!

Allegedly, we all love a bit of porn right?

Steady on… I said allegedly… ALLEGEDLY!

But if you do love a bit of the old porn, then try this on for size.

The word pornography comes from the Latin…

Porna – prostitute

and the Greek…

Graphien – to write

So it is literally the writings of prostitutes…

In ancient cities like Pompeii they found graffiti (literally little writings – scribbles if you like) from working girls advertising their wares… “Like Big Bosoms?- 2 doors up – ask for Brenda!”

Ok you’ve got me… it was more like 2 doors up – ask for Calpurnica… but you get the drift.

More years ago than I care to remember, you could not open a public telephone box in London without being buried by an avalanche of  not so discrete business cards advertising: ‘French mistress – private lessons’ or even ‘Model’.

Not so discrete business cards in an old London Phone-box

Not so discrete business cards in an old London phone-box

Personally, I doubt those who claim to have seen cards saying: “Like Antiques? Inspect my Beautiful Chest!” But I suppose anything is possible in this wicked old world of ours.

All I can say for sure is that in the intervening 2,000 years, and all those miles between Pompeii and London, the only thing that has not changed is people.


One comment on “Pornography: the Writing’s on the Wall

  1. Reply Paul Sep 8,2016 1:07 am

    Thanks Kristen and Bill.

    Bill…I don’t really know what I am doing in the blogging world but with wordpress you can set up your comments so you are able to review them first which is all I do. I people look genuine then you can approve them. Hope this helps. Best regards Paul

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