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Monday, 17 April, 2000, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Pompeii erotica on display

A selection of erotic art from the ancient Roman city of Pompeii is going on public show for the first time in three decades in nearby Naples today.

In the nineteenth century, the collection was considered to be pornographic, and it was locked away on the grounds that it might corrupt public morals.

It consists of about two-hundred-and-fifty objects, including wall-paintings, sculptures, items of jewellery and household objects.

Many of them are decorated with explicit depictions of sexual acts.

They were excavated from the ruins of Pompeii, which was buried under lava following a volcanic eruption almost two-thousand-years ago. Children under the age of twelve will only be allowed to see the exhibition with the permission of their parents or teachers.

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