Moonday’s Not-so-heroic Hunk in History: Ares

F10_2Aphrodite& Ares PompeiiAphrodite, the Goddess of Love and her lover, Ares, the God of War are pictured in this fresco in Pompeii, Italy. Aphrodite had many lovers and Ares was one of the long-term paramours. Aphrodite/Venus was a frequent subject of the artists of the ancient world. I have a short novella, Her Teddy Bare, which is #3 in the Aphrodite’s Island Series – my first erotic romance. I’m looking for a good Ares image, unfortunately most are modern – especially from the old Hercules show. Kind of like this one. It’s paint on fresco. To produce a fresco, paint is applied to wet plaster that has spread on a wall. While some examples of fresco survives the media itself is susceptible to deterioration over time, destruction by human hands, and to external damage from weathering, floods, or earthquake.

Frescoes survive in Pompeii probably more often than any other site of the ancient world. In 79 AD Pompeii, a small but wealthy town on the Mediterranean south of Naples, was buried under volcanic ash and rocks when Vesuvius erupted. Prior to the eruption the volcano was covered by trees, vineyards, villas, and pastureland and the populace was unaware that they were living on a time bomb. The eruption was totally unexpected and resulted in the death of many of the citizens and the preservation of much of Pompeii in ash and volcanic rock. Consequently, many frescoes – like the one here – were preserved in all their magnificent colors.

Maybe another Ares next week  Rita

Moonday’s Historic Hunk: Apollo the Archer

Apollo in Pompeii

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:  The Sizzlers have shared our journey toward publication in romance for almost two years.  Last week, I contracted with Champagne Books for my paranormal shapeshifter novella (working title-The Wedding Planner) for Summer, 2012 which will be published as an ebook.  Thanks so much for the support and encouragement of  my Sizzling sisters.  Rita Bay

When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, the city of Pompeii was devastated.  The volcano  lies near the city of Naples in Italy.  Once a thriving city of about 20,000, the population was decimated by heat and ash.  The town was not rediscovered until 1599, buried under several yards of hardened ash and pumice.  What emerged was the first true picture of Roman life in the first century AD.  Food, wine, furniture, statuary and the residents of Pompeii came to light as the city was excavated. 

Moonday’s Heroic Hunk is a bronze statue of the god Apollo Saettante (Apollo as an Archer).  It was originally located in the Temple of Apollo in Pompeii and dates from about 100 BC.  The majority of the figure was unearthed in pieces in 1817 and the remainder was discovered the following year.  The statue stands slightly less than 5 feet tall.

The Roman god Apollo was associated with prophecy, music, intellectual pursuits, healing, plague, the sun and archery.  Unfortunately, his arrows could send plague to those unwary humans who had pissed him off.  The bow and arrow are missing.

Next week, a different Apollo.   

Special Note:  This week,  Rita Bay.wordpress.com will feature the huts and palaces of ancient Britain.  Check out the earliest settlements of Star Carr and Skara Brae from Sunday and the Fishbourne Roman villa today.       Rita Bay

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