Emperor Nero tried several times to kill his own mother. He made a leaky boat to drown her and a collapsing bead to crush her, but she survived. Finally, he sent an assassin to club her to death.
The culture of Pompeii included phallic worship. A number of erotic frescoes and votive objects were found among this ancient Roman city's ruins.
Hundreds of small taverns were uncovered in Pompeii. These outdoor stands near the public baths were reportedly the haunts of the town's most disreputable people.
Don Wildman: In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted decimating the city of Pompeii and everything in its path. But one city survived to tell the tale, Naples. Today the volcano still looms, ready to erupt at any moment. But to find the real story of what happened here, you have to go underground. We'll reveal ancient Greek caverns covered in a secret code, and tombs left behind by the cult of the dead. Aqueducts turned wartime bunkers snake for hundreds of miles beneath the city streets, and Emperor Nero's 2000 year old stomping grounds are the foundations for an entire street above. And a forgotten underground city is exposed. The world the volcano created above is nothing compared to the one below. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Beneath Vesuvius.
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