For years, the famous couple enveloped and preserved in the molten ash were believed to be women, which led to them being named ‘The Two Maidens’. The 2,000-year-old pair died in each other’s embrace during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The couple was believed to have been romantically or physically locked in their arms. Now, recent studies have proven that the pair were both men and they could have been gay lovers.
Right before the molten lava engulfed them, the two men lay in a manner in which one rested his head on the other’s chest. Studies conducted on their bones and teeth have also confirmed the age of the two men around 18 and 20. The pair was also found to not be biologically related.
Massimo Osanna who is the archaeological site’s director-general stated that a CAT scan and DNA analysis proved that the pair were men, however, whether or not they were lovers is simply conjecture. “You can’t say for sure that the two were lovers. But considering their position, you can make that hypothesis. It is difficult to say with certainty.”
Head of research, Professor Stefano Vanacore, stated, “We are talking about hypotheses that can never be verified.” He added, “What is certain is that the two parties were not relatives, neither brothers nor a father and son.”
The groundbreaking discovery has been made two thousand years after the bodies were immortalised in ash. Back in the 19th century, the bodies were injected with plaster in an effort to keep them from decomposing any further.
Apparently, the city of Pompeii had quite an open atmosphere, accepting of different sexual orientations. This is evident in multiple wall paintings and statues of male genitalia in the city.