In the basement of a brothel: Detailed fresco found in Pompeii

              Saturday, October 12, 2019

The picture shows two gladiators.
(Photo: picture alliance / dpa)

              In the world-famous Roman city of Pompeii, researchers find a large fresco depicting two gladiators. For the archaeologists it is a lucky find, because even the color is preserved.
              In the spilled parts of the famous Roman city Pompeii a detailed fresco of a gladiator fight has been found. As the Ministry of Culture announced, the mural was discovered in the basement of a building located at the intersection of two paved streets, presumably housing a tavern for gladiators and a brothel. The colored fresco realistically depicts two types of gladiators – a Murmillo and a Thraex – at a time when the Thraex suffered deep wounds and apparently begs for mercy. "We do not know how this fight ended," said the head of the excavations, Massimo Osanna. "It could be death or grace." The Murmillo carries, according to the traditions of the various genera of the gladiators a Roman short sword and a large, curved rectangle shield, the Thraex has dropped his shield. Pompeii is after the Coliseum in Rome the second most visited archaeological site in Italy, 2018 were 3, 6 million tourists counted. The city was buried in 79 BC by an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius.

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