The "two virgins" of Pompeii turned out to be men

The "two virgins" of Pompeii turned out to be men
The "two virgins" of Pompeii turned out to be men

Scientists studied the DNA of the "Two Maidens" who died under the volcanic ash of Vesuvius, finding that one of them was a man, and the other was a young man.


The powerful eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD NS. led to the rapid destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii. The residents were taken by surprise by the disaster, and they remained buried for centuries under a layer of volcanic ash. Excavations here have been going on for more than one century, discovering unique objects and scenes from the life of Ancient Rome. At the beginning of the twentieth century. a group of two human figures, covered with petrified ash, was added to the finds.

They retained a touching pose: curled up towards each other, the head of one is laid on the side of the other. Then, at the suggestion of the archaeologist Vittorio Spinazzola, the figures were assigned to two young women and named "Two Virgins". However, modern research on this find, apparently, will force scientists to change its name.

Massimo Osanna, head of the Pompeii research center today, told The Telegraph about the results of computed tomography of the two figures and the genetic analysis of the material that was obtained from them. Based on this data, the "Two Virgins" were in fact an 18-year-old boy and a man over 20.

The men were not related to each other, but it is impossible to say what kind of relationship connected them. Some scholars who once thought the couple were lesbian now tend to see them as homosexual men. “When this was discovered, some researchers suggested that there was a love affair between them,” says another participant in the work, Professor Stefano Vanacore (Stefano Vanacore). "But this is just a hypothesis, it will hardly ever be possible to confirm it."

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