Archaeologists Have Discovered A 2,000-Year-Old Fresco Of Pizza In Ruins Of Ancient Pompeii!

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by Shreya Rathod

Located near Naples, Pompeii was a city in the ancient Roman Empire. However, after the volcano eruption, it is now a largely preserved excavation site. As per the research, it was known to be a wealthy town with lavish properties. Recently, archaeologists have found an ancient pizza painting in the ruins of ancient Pompeii. Here are the details that you should know about the 2000-year-old fresco of pizza!

A 2000-Year-Old Fresco Of Pizza Was Found In Ancient Pompeii!


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After excavating, archaeologists found a 2000-year-old fresco painting that featured the details of a plate that included a piece of bread with toppings, a glass of wine and other things. In an Instagram post, the experts of Pompeii Archaeological Park stated that the dish looks like a pizza. However, it lacked certain ingredients like mozzarella and tomatoes, so there is still a doubt.

The experts further state that what was painted on the wall of an old Pompeii house may be a distant ancestor of contemporary piety. It is evidenced by an iconographic examination of a fresco with a dead nature that just surfaced as part of new digs on Island 10 of Regio IX in Pompeii.

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Other Things Depicted In The Painting


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The experts of Pompeii Archaeological Park state that next to the glass of wine, the piece of bread can be depicted as a flat-shaped focaccia served with fruits that can be identified as dates and pomegranates. It further looks like the bread is seasoned with spices or some kind of pesto. Additionally, there are nuts and a wreath of yellow ravens placed on the same platter next to the dates.

According to Greek traditions, such images were inspired by the “hospitable gifts” offered to guests. They dated back to the Hellenistic period, that is 3rd–1st century BC. The Vesuvian cities are known for three hundred such figures. They allude to the sacred sphere and hospitality.

There is an appropriate analogy for the recently discovered fresco, which is likewise stunning for its extraordinary degree of execution, without the supporting evidence disclosed thus far.

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