Genetic analyzes carried out on a couple of victims of the eruption of Vesuvius, described as lovers since 1922, indicates that they would be two men.
As soon as they were discovered in 1922, two „intertwined“ bodies found in the Cryptoportica house on the Pompeii site in Italy had been described as that of a man and a woman who died in a fatal embrace during the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Atrocious love and end were immediately associated in a romantic way.
Then, as reported by the Italian daily Corriere del Mezzogiorno in its April 10, 2017 edition, the hypotheses evolved over time to try to imagine who these beings could be…
Recent scanners and DNA analysis of the teeth and human remains inside the two casts have just revealed … that they were actually two men aged 18 and 20! This is enough to feed a new hypothesis: a homosexual couple, as Massimo Osanna, director of the Superintendency of Pompeii, said:
“ It can not be said that the two characters were Lovers, but in view of their position, one can suppose … while not being able to certify it„.
Stefano Vanacore, Director of the Archeology Laboratory in Pompeii said in The Telegraph : „We are talking about“ Assumptions that can never be verified. What is certain is that the two men are not relatives, neither brothers, nor father and son.“
One of the two DNAs being very damaged, it is not impossible that a fourth hypothesis comes one day sweep the other three. It is in any case remarkable to see the new possibilities that genetic analyzes provide.