In the houses of Pompeii, it was usual to see graceful female figures painted on the walls or plump children with wings: the cupids. Pretty presences that can be admired even in a fragment of fresco that comes from the lower floors of the House of Championnet. The little head with curly and golden hair, earrings and necklace, the absorbed gaze of the Pompeian cupids can be seen closely in the exhibition area set up inside a room of the large house.
Velia was the Roman name of an ancient city on the Cilento coast. It was founded by Greeks around 538–535 BC with the name Elea. The city was known for being the homeland of the philosophers Parmenides and Zeno, the founders of the Eleatic school. The site is characterized by the “acropolis”: high part of the ancient city with the ruins of temple, the theatre, the medieval tower and the medieval church; the residencial quarter, with houses and public buildings and, specially, the “Porta Rosa”, the monumental gate opened in the city wall.
The famous Channel 4 presenter Richard Ayoade came to visit Naples with Jack Dee for his show TravelMan 48 Hours, once here he requested a tour with our tour guide Emiliano Tufano to discover the beauties of Herculaneum!
Below you can see part of the video where Emiliano explains how Roman life was before the eruption in Herculaneum, don’t miss it!
Big news at the Archaeological Museum of Naples. After six years the Egyptian Section and the Epigraphicsection will be reopened to the public, with more than 1400 exhibits and 10 rooms completely reorganized.
Thanks to the studies of the archaeo-anthropological team of the Uniersity of Chieti, we are able to know about the unaware use of the antibiotics in the ancient Pompeii! The archaeoanthropologists have noticed traces of tetracyclines (the element of the aspirin) in the bones of the victims of the eruptions of the 79 a.d. This element was from the mold that contaminated the layers of straw in which figs and pomegranates were placed to dry. The Romans were cured without knowing it thanks to the food preferences.