Frescoes Inspired by Trojan War Discovered in Pompeii

Breathtaking artworks have been discovered in a new excavation of Pompeii, inspired by the mythic Trojan War, the Archaeological Park of Pompeii has announced.

Archaeologists said the frescoes were found in a banquet hall, decorated with mythological subjects from the Trojan War, including Helen of Troy and Paris, a prince of Troy, and his sister Cassandra.

The park said that Helen and Paris were identified by a Greek inscription between the two figures that used Paris’s other name, Alexandros. The figure of Cassandra, daughter of Priam, was paired with Apollo on the opposite wall of the hall.

The paintings came to light during excavation activity underway in insula 10 of Regio IX of Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Credit: Archaeological Park of Pompeii via Storyful

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