The Frescoes of the Casa dell’Efebo


A visit to Pompeii should be on everyone’s bucket list. It is absolutely eerie walking down the paving stones, looking at the ruts made by the chariots and carts, seeing the blackened loaves of ossified bread the baker had just taken out of the oven and the plaster casts of the long-dead victims, their faces frozen in gasping terror.


It is also absolutely marvelous to see how well-preserved the art still is. Pompeii was like the Hamptons of Rome, an escape for the wealthy citizens who wanted to be near the sea and away from the swampy and muggy Roman weather. The walls of the large villas are covered in frescoes depicting gods and goddesses; the frescoes in the brothel are imaginatively X-rated.


The American Journal of Archeology has just published a study of the Nilotic scenes found in the garden of the Casa dell’Efebo, and they are stunning.


Evidently the Romans were as interested in Egyptian culture as we still are.





Jeff Greene is an investor who recently spoke to equally deep-pocketed investors at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


“America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” he said. “We need to reinvent our whole system of life.”



Fair enough. Until you realize that Jeff owns a $195 million shack in Beverly Hills, and $11.5 million dump in Malibu, a $30 million hovel in Palm Beach, and a $36 million tear-down in the Hamptons.



Doubtless he’s about to adjust downward and sell off his properties so he can donate the money to the poor.


Sure he is.