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Records of survivors found in Pompeii – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 05:40:44

Archaeologist Stephen L. Tuck reported the discovery of records from the inhabitants of the city of Pompeii, destroyed in AD 79 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Until recently it was believed that only a few inhabitants managed to survive, but new data says that several sonnets, or even thousands of people, were saved.

The scientist’s story was published by Phys.org. As you know, in 79 AD Vesuvius destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both were destroyed, life in them never revived.

Pompeii and Herculaneum were two wealthy cities on the Italian coast, located south of Naples. It is believed that about 30,000 people lived in Pompeii and about 5,000 in Herculaneum. Both cities had large fleets, which already suggests that some inhabitants could have escaped.

“The eruption lasted more than 18 hours,” writes Stephen Tuck. “The human remains found in each city represent only a fraction of its population, for example, many of the objects we could have found among the ashes where they lay. “The carts and horses disappeared from the stables, the ships disappeared from the docks, and the ‘safes’ were cleared of money and jewels.”

According to the scientist, all this suggests that many, if not most, of the residents could have escaped. To find these people, the researcher used Roman names unique to Pompeii and Herculaneum, such as Numerius Popidius and Aulus Umbricius.

Then, using archival sources, the scientist began searching for people with those names who lived in nearby communities in the period after the eruption. The investigation lasted eight years; The scientist studied tens of thousands of Roman inscriptions, including on walls and tombstones.

“I found evidence of more than 200 survivors in 12 cities,” the researcher writes, “all of them were mainly in the territory controlled by Pompeii, but were generally located north of Vesuvius, outside the area of ​​greatest destruction. “

This suggests that most of the surviving inhabitants did not flee far, but stayed to live near the lost city. Maybe they were staying with family and friends. It is also possible that these people visited Pompeii in search of their belongings, leaving in a hurry there may have been looters;

“Some of the families that escaped prospered in their new communities,” reports the study’s author. “The Caltilii family moved to Ostia, then an important port city north of Pompeii. There they founded a temple in honor of the Egyptian deity Serapis, who was popular in port cities where the grain trade dominated.”

It could be discovered that members of the Caltilii family married another family of refugees from Pompeii: the Munatius. Together they created a large, rich and successful family.

Traces of refugees were also found in Puteoli, the second busiest port city in Roman Italy. Today it is called Pozzuoli. For example, the family of Aulus Umbritius, a merchant of garum, a popular fish sauce, moved here.

“Not all the survivors of the eruption were rich and successful in the new communities,” notes the archaeologist. “Some were born poor, others appear to have lost their family fortunes in the eruption itself.

For example, Fabia Secundina from Pompeii, apparently named after her grandfather, a wealthy wine merchant, also ended up in Puteoli. There she married the gladiator Retiarius Aquarius, who died at the age of 25, leaving her in a desperate financial situation.”

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