The remains of former slave Marcus Vinerius Secondo were found buried in Pompeii. The partially mummified remains of nearly 2,000 years ago include hair and bones. inform the guard.
This is now described as the best preserved remains ever discovered in Pompeii. The find includes Secundio’s white hair and a partially visible ear. The first tests show that he died at the age of sixty, Sky News writes.
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The tomb is located in the Porta Sarno cemetery, which was one of the main entrances to the city. The tomb is believed to date back to the decade before Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79.
Archaeologists describe this discovery as unusual, because the dead adults in Roman times usually cremated their bodies. Also found in the tomb was a glass urn bearing the name of a woman named Novia Amabilis, who may have been the wife of Seccondio.
By deciphering the inscriptions in the cemetery and reading them in the city archives, one was able to draw a picture of who was buried, According to Sky News.
It is said that Secundio was a slave and hostess of the Temple of Venus. After he was freed from slavery, he began at the Augustales, the college of priests responsible for some form of imperial worship. The fact that he was buried in a grave should show that he succeeded in achieving a good social and economic standing.
A marble slab with inscriptions on top of the tomb will indicate theatrical performances in Pompeii that were performed in Greek.
Gabriel Zustregel, director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, said the inscription was the first clear evidence of performances in Pompeii in Greek. Reuters writes.
Zustregel added that the performances in Greek are evidence of the lively and open cultural climate that characterized the ancient city of Pompeii.
The excavations in the area of the Porta Sarno cemetery are a joint project of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii and the European University of Valencia.
Dozens of new finds, including the remains of people and animals killed by the eruption of Vesuvius, have been made in recent years in Reggio 5, a large area of the archaeological park not yet open to the public.
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