The quote in the title is quite ironic, considering that we all know what happened to the city of Pompeii. It’s actually a graffiti preserved by the ashes of Vesuvius.
They were poets back then too!
If you didn’t realize already, last night I went to see the movie Pompeii, with Kit Harington and Emily Browning.
Let me just begin by saying that it was an entertaining movie. It’s a summer blockbuster…in winter. I’m not sure why they decided to release a fictionalized story about the last hours of the city, but there it is.
NOTE : If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, be ready to see Jon Snow all grown up – shiny 6 pack and all.
Nothing wrong with a little bit of eye candy, but as a history nerd it is my duty to point out the major historical inaccuracies.
You’re welcome 🙂
S.P.Q.P – For the Senate and People of….Pompeii?
One glaring thing that basically ruined the entire movie for me was the supposed warfare between the people of Pompeii and that of Rome.
Emily Browning’s character, Cassia, says “I am not a Roman – I am a citizen of Pompeii.”
Now it’s true that the Romans were not always appreciated, particularly in those provinces under direct Roman rule. However, if you were within the boundaries of the Empire, not a slave, and born to a Roman family – you were a Roman citizen.
Her family was also very wealthy and her father was clearly the government official of Pompeii. This would have meant that he either was educated in Rome or was sent to Pompeii for his diplomatic posting.
So no matter how much you whine Cassia, you are still a Roman citizen!
That’s all I have to say.
Purple is more than just a color
Purple was the color of the Emperor and Senatorial elite.
So why was this guy wearing it?
This is the best photo I could find, but his tunic underneath his armour is purple.
NOTE: Senators wore white togas with a purple sash. Emperors could wear entirely purple outfits.
He seems to be neither.
Just for fun
If you haven’t already, I would highly suggest you look at this list of Pompeii Graffiti – it’s hilarious, but NSFW so beware! The brothel graffiti is especially funny!
All in all, the movie was entertaining, but the historical reality is so much more interesting!