Ancient Roman mosaic reveals the dirty jokes that kept them amused as they urinated

Ancient Roman mosaic reveals the dirty jokes that kept them amused as they urinated

It seems humans have scrubbed dirty jokes on bathroom surfaces since the beginning of time.

Archaeologists have discovered a pair of mosaics in a Roman-era latrine that depicts well-known mythological scenes, each with its own raunchy spin.

The 1,800-year-old mosaics, including an image of Narcissus admiring the reflection of his own penis, are an incredibly rare example of mosaic paving in the ancient latrines.

The mosaics feature humorous versions of the stories of Narcissus and Ganymede. Instead of gazing at his own face in the reflection of the water, as the myth tells, the latrine narcissus (left panel) can be seen looking adoringly at his phallus. Ganymede's penis with a sponge (right panel) in the other scene, Zeus – in the form of a heron

The mosaics were found in the coastal city of Antioch ad Cragum, in Turkey, according to Live Science.

While the story of Narcissus is describing it as beautiful, the man depicted in this particular mosaic has a long, unsightly nose.

Instead of gazing at his own face in the reflection of the water, as the myth tells, the latrine narcissus can be seen adoringly at his phallus.

Time has taken its toll on the ancient art piece, and only half of this scene remains today. But, thankfully, the researchers told Live Science, 'it's the good half.'

Ganymede has been twisted, instead showing Zeus – in the form of a heron – cleaning Ganymede's penis with a sponge.

The mosaics feature humorous versions of the stories of Narcissus and Ganymede. Instead of gazing at his own face in the reflection of the water, as the myth tells, the latrine narcissus (left panel) can be seen looking adoringly at his phallus. Ganymede's penis with a sponge (right panel) in the other scene, Zeus - in the form of a heron

The mosaics feature humorous versions of the stories of Narcissus and Ganymede. Instead of gazing at his own face in the reflection of the water, as the myth tells, the latrine narcissus (left panel) can be seen looking adoringly at his phallus. Ganymede's penis with a sponge (right panel) in the other scene, Zeus – in the form of a heron

'Michael Hoff, at the Archaeologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, told LiveScience' we were stunned at what we were looking for.

'You have come to understand the myths to make it come true, but

The team discovered the bizarre artwork towards the end of the excavations this summer, and have since been covered in the book for preservation, according to Live Science.

Researchers say there is only a few mosaic-paved latrines known to exist from the time.

The team discovered the bizarre artwork towards the end of the excavation this summer, and have since been covered

The mosaics were found in the coastal city of Antioch ad Cragum, in Turkey.

The mosaics were found in the coastal city of Antioch ad Cragum, in Turkey. The team discovered the bizarre artwork towards the end of the excavation this summer, and have since been covered

WHY DID THE ROMANS BUILD FOUNTAINS AND OTHER WATER FEATURES?

From the majesty of their aqueducts and fountains to the socializing and relaxation of the public baths, the Roman obsession with water has long been documented.

For the ancient Romans, water is a gift from the gods and a fundamental element of life, health and hygiene, with its own god or nymph.

Nike Egeria – lover and wife of Numa Pompilius, one of the seven Kings of Rome.

This image shows a Roman court fountain at Pompeii dating to the 1st century AD

This image shows a Roman court fountain at Pompeii dating to the 1st century AD

The Roman capital is famous for its multitude of fountains, including those in front of the Spanish Steps, in Piazza Navona.

Ancient Romans viewed water not only as a necessity of life, but as a thing of beauty.

Private gardens found in remnants of the Roman Empire are therefore filled with water features.

These range from still pools to water to simple bubbling basins and elaborate tiered creations.

The bathroom humor is just one of many Roman-era discoveries made at Antioch ad Cragum.

Excavations at the site, which were abandoned by the 11th century, have uncovered ancient baths, coin stashes, and even a mysterious skeleton.

The latrine was likely a public space designed to be used by men, according to Live Science, and had clean water channels and marble or wooden seats.

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