New research reveals that the Pompeii Pair who perished in each other’s arms during the Mount Vesuvius eruption could have been gay.
The eruption wiped out the Roman city on the 24th of October 79 AD.
Archeologists initially thought two bodies unearthed in the House of the Cryptoporticus during excavations at the World Heritage site in the early 20th century were women.
But tests on their teeth and bones revealed that the victims were, in fact, both male.
They were 18 and 20 years old when killed, and definitely not related.
“Pompeii never ceases to amaze,” Massimo Osanna, director-general of the world-famous archaeological site, told the Telegraph.
“We always imagined that it was an embrace between women.
“But a CAT scan and DNA have revealed that they are men.
“You can’t say for sure that the two were lovers.
“But considering their position, you can make that hypothesis. It is difficult to say with certainty.”
Professor Stefano Vanacore, head of the Pompeii research team, said they will never know for sure the relationship between the two men.
“When this discovery was made, that they were not two young girls.
“Some scholars suggested there could have been an emotional connection between the pair.
“But we are talking about hypotheses that can never be verified.
“What is certain is that the Pompeii Pair were not relatives, neither brothers nor a father and son.”
Pompeii was buried in meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
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