Vainity is Nothing New….Just Ask the Romans!


You think that modern society is superficial? Wait until you get a glimpse of life in Pompeii.

Yesterday, I visited the “A Day in Pompeii” exhibit at the Museum of Science in the beautiful city of Boston (which is my favorite place in the world, by the way). This exhibit features artifacts from ancient Roman life circa 79 AD in Pompeii – amazingly, the volcanic eruption that year preserved a plethora of frescoes, furniture, and other items from daily ancient life.

Some of the artifacts on display are what may be considered beauty items of the ancient world. For example, these mirrors, perfume/oil jars, combs, and jewelry show us that being obsessed with one’s outer appearance in not a new concept!

Some (very worn) mirrors from Pompeii

Perfume and Oil Jars

 

An itty bitty comb, probably the size of my pinky finger!

My favorites - snake armbands! They were found on the skeletons of some young women (Okay, so that's a tad creepy)

Conclusion? Blame the Romans for vanity! (Oh, and they did something else that was really important too….what was it? Oh yeah, the republic. That too 🙂