Posted on April 26, 2024

Stunning New Roman Frescoes Uncovered at Pompeii

Haley Ott, CBS, April 11, 2024

Stunning Roman frescoes have been uncovered by archeologists in Pompeii, the ancient city destroyed by an eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. Experts say the newly discovered frescoes are among the finest ever to emerge at the renowned archeological site.

The works of art line the high walls of what was once a large banquet hall. The walls themselves were painted mostly black, and the figures on the frescoes appear to emerge from the shadows. Site director Dr. Gabriel Zuchtriegel told CBS News partner network BBC News that the dark color was likely used to hide stains from the lamps that lit the hall after the sun went down.

“In the shimmering light, the paintings would have almost come to life,” Zuchtriegel said.

Two pieces dominate the hall; one depicts the Greek god Apollo trying to seduce the priestess Cassandra. The second piece shows Prince Paris meeting Helen of Troy.

About a third of the “lost city” of Pompeii remains obscured by volcanic debris from the eruption almost two millennia ago. As scientists make new finds, they quickly move them to a storeroom to protect them from the elements.


“This is my favorite discovery in this excavation because it is complex and rare,” Dr. Alessandro Russo, co-lead archeologist on the dig, told the BBC. “It is high-quality, for a high-status individual.”