Originally thought to be a cast of “Two Maidens”, new research confirms it was actually two men. The iconic Pompeii couple were men, and possibly lovers. In 79AD, Vesuvius erupted and volcanic ash and mud covered the ancient city. It perfectly preserved in body casts, but using DNA analysis and CAT scans, scientists confirmed they were in fact men.
Researchers used the bones and teeth of the bodies to determine the gender and rough age of 18-20 years old. Massimo Osanna, director-general of Pompeii, told the Telegraph:
“Pompeii never ceases to amaze. We always imagined that it was an embrace between women. 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.“
A professor at the University of Cambridge, Mary Beard thinks the baseless claims are #FakeNews. (Thanks, Trump.)
“There was plenty of same-sex sex at Pompeii, as we would guess anywhere ever. But the idea that this pair of male victims gave any evidence of their sexuality is barking. Who you choose to hug in your dying moments in a volcanic explosion is no indication of your sexual preference, despite what the papers say.“
Professor Stefano Vanacore, head of the Pompeii research team, said it was impossible to determine the nature of 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 two parties were not relatives, neither brothers, nor a father and son.”
Well, to assume they are straight is just as much of a guess as to say they were lovers, so, to each his/her own.
(via Gay Star News)