Unearthed Roman Latrine


The ancient Romans were notoriously famous for their roman latrine obscene graffiti, especially in the latrine theme. Firstly, many public restrooms in Rome are filled with posters and paintings of dirty jokes and some with obscene drawings.  Many of such ancient artifacts are preserved in Pompeii.

Recently a new finding in Turkey has taken all the bathroom humor to a whole new level. Archeologists have found a bathroom filled with mosaics. Mosaics are paintings made on small stones and tiles. That means these were placed right on to the walls of the toilet.

Unearthed Roman Latrine Full of Dirty Jokes
Unearthed Roman Latrine Full Of Dirty Jokes

Outhouse In Turkey- Roman Latrine

This was uncovered inside an outhouse in Turkey. The house was painted off-color. This was found by the Antiochus ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project. This team is involved in excavating the archeological sites in Turkey near the southern coast. This archeologist team found two mosaic paintings that date back to the second century AD. Moreover, it was found inside the latrine of the house, which was uncovered in the last summer.

First Mosaic Found In The Roman Latrine

Firstly, public latrines were very common in ancient Rome. Moreover, the public latrine decorated with mosaics was also a very common sight. Michael Hoff is the co-director of the project from the University of Nebraska, IFL science says that the mosaics depicted two pictorial scenes; one depicts the version of the legend of Gynemedes, who was a beautiful Trojan prince. Also, he was kidnapped by Jupiter and brought to Olympus. Also, he was made to serve as the cupbearer and concubine of Jupiter. Moreover, In Rome, Ganymedes is depicted as the god of homosexuals.

Unearthed Roman Latrine Full of Dirty Jokes
Unearthed Roman Latrine Full Of Dirty Jokes

Depiction Of The Mosaic

Generally, Ganymedes is portrayed with a hoop and elater or a stick, which is used to highlight his boyish charm and innocence. This is in accordance with Eva C. Keuls, who is a professor of classics at the University of Minnesota. He is depicted with a stick with a sponge on its tip; this possibly means he would clean the latrines. Moreover, Jupiter is portrayed in the scene as a heron. This suggests, he is sponging Ganymede’s private parts with his long beak. Also, this bathroom humor at that time would have been liked by the males who would visit the toilet for their business.

The Second Uncovered Mosaics

The other mosaic portrayed Narcissus; he was the Greco-Roman mythological character. Moreover, he is famous for falling in love with his own shadow in the water of a spring. Moreover, in the toilet mosaic version, he has been shown to have a very long nose. This Roman’s would think is depicted to show him very ugly. So, in the mosaic, he is ogling at the reflection of his genitals, then his face.

Moreover, it is still unclear if this toilet particularly was depicted as naughty or all the other latrines were made of the same themes, as many latrines have been destroyed and destroyed in the times that have passed. Lastly, what we have come to know from the Pompeii and all the other sites is that, in ancient Rome, sexually portrayed murals were a common sight in places like taverns, latrines, brothels, and even in many homes.