Europe | Italy | Central | Rome – The Erect Coliseum
During a visit to the Roman Coliseum during ‘culture week’ this year (all museums are free in Italy then) I learned some startling and kinky facts about the Romans.
The tour guide told us about the history, the games that went on (think Gladiator) and so forth. But there is one part of the tour that just makes me laugh everytime I think about it.
Like most sports arenas there were seating areas, signs for exits and so forth. But this structure had an even more, um, shall I say accommodating feature.
On the walls just inside the exit corridor on one side of the coliseum there are inscribings of an erect penis (all appendages included). Big deal right? I mean this was a place of extreme animal pleasure of another variety. Well, here is the interesting part. These penises were not just graffiti or self-portraits. Nope. They were signs pointing to the local whorehouse right up the road. How nice. Rumor has it that there are a number of these inscriptions throughout the coliseum.