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Aphrodite/Venus in a Bikini

Venus in Bikini Secret roomJsmThis is a seldom seen statue of Aphrodite in a “bikini.” Thought bikinis were recent inventions? No-no. This statue is considered too risqué to be on public display. Unusual considering some of the others we’ve seen. The statue was discovered in Pompeii. It is kept in the “Secret Room” in the Museum of Naples with limited access.

BTW, as you may have guessed by now, I spent a lot of time in Italy – four years to be exact. Pompeii was one of my favorite places to visit. Imagine a place sealed in stone for 2,000 years.

The Romans were not that concerned about nudity. Consequently, there were many risqué statues, frescoes, and mosaics. Some were so risqué they were covered with grates. Of course, a tip could get that grate open to some really revealing pics. Tomorrow, Elizabeth Fountain visits An Author’s Desk.

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