Children’s drawings discovered on the walls of Pompeii

Discoveries follow one another in Pompeii. The latest has been visible to the general public since Tuesday May 28. These are drawings made by children before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, relates He Post. We see gladiators and hands in particular, explains the Italian information site.

These drawings, made in charcoal, were revealed during work on the Insula dei Casti Amanti, the group of houses of “chaste lovers”. They also represent the outlines of three small hands, two figures playing with a ball, two boxers on the ground or even a hunting scene of an animal resembling a wild boar.

Violent entertainment

Gabriel Zuchtriegel, director of the archaeological park, clarified to the Milan site that “the drawings of gladiators and hunters were reproduced from scenes witnessed directly by children and not from pictorial works. They probably witnessed fights in the city amphitheater and were confronted with the violence of this extreme form of entertainment.”

Excavations and restorations carried out in the area concerned are still in progress, suggesting other revelations in the ancient site, which has not finished providing all its information on daily life at the time.

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