Sunday, August 14, 2011
Where was this misconception used? An example is this publication by Col William Hunter, dated 1915:
The residents of Pompeii had fine plumbing, baths and luxuries. They had a place called a vomitorium. The old Roman sports were gluttons; they stuffed themselves, then went to the vomitorium and threw up so they could eat more.
So what is a vomitorium? Well, a vomitorium is merely a passage, in shape of an archway, wide and long enough that can fit many people in it so they can enter or evacuate a building quickly. It was commonly used in Roman amphitheaters. The root word of vomitorium comes from the latin vomere, which means "spew out" or "throw up" hence the similarity.