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The Romans would have had a word for it Fortuna It was surely thanks to the intervention of the goddess Fortuna that the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum ever again were to be seen in the light of day For archaeologists it is certainly heaven-sent fortune that these two holiday resort cities were discovered their ruins revealing much of the daily lives of the towns citizens Hail Profit This piece of graffito at the House of Vedius Siricus Pompeii captures the essence of daily life in Pompeii and to lesser extant Herculaneum While findings of fishnets sinkers and bronze fish hooks imply a quiet fishing life for Herculaneans Pompeian life was highly commercial The day began with the Patricians greeting their clients in their forum then immersing their day at the Basilica for business or attending to their land lording Proletarian merchants going to their shops in the forum to ruthlessly promote their wares evidence of their commercial ruthlessness comes from an ad at a Herculaneum winery which used religion to promote their wares the god Bacchus appears on the wineshops wall Slaves and freedmen led hard lives the large crests on bones of Helmsman at Herculaneum led NG anthropologist Dr Sara Bisel to conclude slaves appear to have been dreadfully overworked doing extensive manual labour on their masters property such as construction After midday following work and siesta evident from the 1000 lamps found in Pompeiis Stabian Baths citizens went to the baths-an important part of daily life indicated by 3 baths in Pompeii and 2 in Herculaneum all occupying prime positions which allowed people to socialise exercise and clean Supper followed where they ate in the triclinum lying on coaches Examination of teeth reveals a diet of honey rather than sugar using much less sweetening on their food Food remains found during the recent Anglo-American Projects excavation of the House of the Vestals were carbonised bread chicken eggs lentils herbs and
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