Imagine you are strolling along Via dell’ Abbondanza during the mid-1st century and it is dinnertime. You might stop at the Thermopolium of Vetutius Placidus and be served from the marble countertop facing the street. This fresco (called a lararium) adorns the wall. The two Greek deities shown at either end seem perfect for a bar/restaurant. On the right is Bacchus, the god of wine. On the left is Mercury (also named Hermes) who is the god of commerce and profit.