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Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii

Italian archaeological officials say the skeletal remains of two people believed to be those of a rich man and his male slave have been discovered at the site of ancient Pompeii

11/22/2020 3:35:00 AM

Italian archaeological officials say the skeletal remains of two people believed to be those of a rich man and his male slave have been discovered at the site of ancient Pompeii.

Italian archaeological officials say the skeletal remains of two people believed to be those of a rich man and his male slave have been discovered at the site of ancient Pompeii

The Associated PressThe casts of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave fleeing the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago, are seen in what was an elegant villa on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption in 79 A.D., where they were discovered during recents excavations, Pompeii archaeological park officials said Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Parco Archeologico di Pompei via AP)

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ROME -- Skeletal remains of what are believed to have been a rich man and his male slave attempting to escape death from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago have been discovered in Pompeii, officials at the archaeological park in Italy said Saturday.

Parts of the skulls and bones of the two men were found during excavation of the ruins from what was once an elegant villa with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea on the outskirts of the ancient Roman city destroyed by the volcano eruption in 79 A.D. It’s the same area where a stable with the remains of three harnessed horses were excavated in 2017.

Pompeii officials said the men apparently escaped the initial fall of ash from Mount Vesuvius then succumbed to a powerful volcanic blast that took place the next morning. The later blast “apparently invaded the area from many points, surrounding and burying the victims in ash,” Pompeii officials said in a statement.

The remains of the two victims, lying next to each other on their backs, were found in a layer of gray ash at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) deep, they said.As has been done when other remains have been discovered at the Pompeii site, archaeologists poured liquid chalk poured into the cavities, or void, left by the decaying bodies in the ash and pumice that rained down from the volcano near modern-day Naples and demolished the upper levels of the villa.

The technique, pioneered in the 1800s, gives the image not only of the shape and position of the victims in the throes of death, but makes the remains “seem like statues,” said Massimo Osanna, an archaeologist who is director general of the archaeological park operated under the jurisdiction of the Italian Culture Ministry.

Judging by cranial bones and teeth, one of the men was young, likely aged 18 to 25, with a spinal column with compressed discs. That finding led archaeologists to hypothesize that he was a young man who did manual labor, like that of a slave.The other man had a robust bone structure, especially in his chest area, and died with his hands on his chest and his legs bent and spread apart. He was estimated to have been 30- to 40-years-old, Pompeii officials said. Fragments of white paint were found near the man's face, probably remnants of a collapsed upper wall, the officials said.

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Both skeletons were found in a side room along an underground corridor, or passageway, known in ancient Roman times as a cryptoporticus, which led to to the upper level of the villa.“The victims were probably looking for shelter in the cryptoporticus, in this underground space, where they thought they were better protected,” said Osanna.

Instead, on the morning of Oct. 25, 79 A.D., a “blazing cloud (of volcanic material) arrived in Pompeii and...killed anyone it encountered on its way,” Osanna said.Based on the impression of fabric folds left in the ash layer, it appeared the younger man was wearing a short, pleated tunic, possibly of wool. The older victim, in addition to wearing a tunic, appeared to have had a mantle over his left shoulder.

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Not slaves, two gays. Two white gays. Two aristocrats (greek sex tourists at that time). Prove me wrong if you can! slave my azz. Two GayS These aren’t real. More than skeletal bones here. Reparations for descendants of Italian slaves. That pose though, looks like it was an extremely painful way to die. Wow😱😳. That’s really cool. Sometime in the future they’ll be digging up our remains, if we don’t just blow ourselves up 😂😳😱😷

Death is the greatest equiliser...🌋 Can’t they be boyfriends? That is very interesting. I wonder how many more things can be discovered at the site. Any suspects? I dont give a fuck. instead of perpetrating indecency and corruption against other humans - say instead man of greed and his enslaved human! DENIED AS MOOT

I can’t imagine being one of those ppl and hearing that eruption. And then thinking oh f***! 👀 What a great Discovery 😱 Two homies just dying together. Wholesome Good read. hahahaissa vai lá ajudar os caras, tão achando até hoje I believe they could be lovers 🙄. Stick to this type of news that wealth really paid off for the “rich man” in the end....

But slavery only happened in America to black people. The one on the right has a tiny dickle 'Male slave.'