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.
The true life of the inhabitants of Pompeii can be reconstructed thanks to the many graffiti on the walls.
That’s one of the oldest caricature of an ancient roman engraving: Rufus est (this is Rufus).
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The “Pizza a Portafoglio” It’s a special pizza that can be folded on itself and looks like a billfold. In this way it is possible to eat it on the street, even standing or walking, using only one hand and without the risk to getting dirty!
In these days Emiliano has had a special guest: the archaeologist Professor Robert H. Tykot (University of South Florida).
Here they are together in the “House of relief of Telephus” in Herculaneum!
Forty-five years after the legendary “Live At Pompeii”, David Gilmour returns to play in the amphitheater of the ruins. At the same time, from July in the amphitheater of Pompeii, an exhibition will be open to the public to celebrate the concert of 1971 of the English band.
Only one month ago the “Antro della Sibilla” (the Sybil Cave) of the Greek Colony of Cuma in the Burning Fields reopened.
Who was the Sibyl?
The Cumaean Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the oracle of Apollo in the city. The word Sibyl comes from the ancient Greek word sibylla, meaning prophetess. There were many sibyls in different locations throughout the ancient world but the importance of the Cumaean Sibyl is due to the legends of early Rome and Virgil wrote about her in the Aeneid, so the Cumaean Sibyl became the most famous among the Romans.
The famous cave was identified as the “house of the Sibyl” based on the description by Virgil in the Aeneid: the cave is a trapezoidal passage over 131 m long, running parallel to the side of the hill and cut out of the volcanic stone and leads to an innermost chamber, where the Sibyl was thought to have prophesied.