Italy: Pompeii unveils its new treasure, the banquet hall fresco

Near Naples, Italy, 2,000 years after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the site of Pompeii has not stopped delivering new treasures. Archaeologists have just uncovered frescoes inspired by the Trojan War that decorate the banquet hall. The European Fund has been supporting the project for ten years.
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Near Naples, Italy, 2,000 years after the eruption of Vesuvius, the site of Pompeii has not stopped delivering new treasures. Archaeologists have just uncovered frescoes inspired by the Trojan War that decorate the banquet hall. The European Fund has been supporting the project for ten years.

Buried several meters underground, the last treasure of Pompeii (Italy) has just been discovered: a banqueting hall 15 meters long and 6 meters wide, with mosaics on the floor. Small frescoes were discovered on the walls. The delicate paintings are remarkably preserved. Rather than a museum, the place was a cinema before its time.

“The walls were painted black so that the smoke from the oil lamps wouldn’t stain them. People would gather after sunset. The flickering light from the lamps gave the impression that the paintings on the walls were moving.” explains Gabriel Zuchtriegel, Director of the Archaeological Park in Pompeii.

Mythology in the spotlight

In AD 79, mythology took center stage. Thus we see Helene kidnapped by Paris, a Trojan prince or even the god Apollo. Pompeii is an open-air museum. The volcanic ash spewed by Mount Vesuvius 2,000 years ago petrified and froze the city and its inhabitants for eternity. About a third of the site remains to be excavated. Archaeologists are making discoveries in the refined villas of this capital of culture and pleasure.

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