I think most of us have always known Ancient Rome was a pretty gay place, but now it seems even the haters will have to face facts. You see, it turns out Pompeii’s “The Two Maidens” is actually two men embracing.
Brief history lesson: life in Pompeii ceased to exist in 79 A.D. when nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted. But the emitted volcanic ash managed to preserve much of the town, including its people. Two of those figures have long since been thought to be of two women hugging each other in their final seconds. But now it turns out they were two men, and likely even gay lovers.
The Telegraph reports that anthropological tests of the figures’ bones and teeth reveal that the men were likely 18 and 20-years-old.
“Pompeii never ceases to amaze,” said Massimo Osanna, director-general of the archaeological site.
“We always imagined that it was an embrace between women. But a CAT scan and DNA have revealed that they are men.”
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Professor Stefano Vanacore, head of the site’s research team, says that some scholars are suggesting there was “an emotional connection between the pair.” While we’ll likely never be able to prove that, what has been ruled out is that the men were related.
“What is certain is that the two parties were not relatives, neither brothers, nor a father and son,” he said.
And hey, if you happen to be a history buff who always thought “The Two Maidens” were lesbian lovers, that’s okay too! Clearly assumptions about familial bonds were just plain wrong, so it really could have gone either way.