Archaeologists have unearthed a fresco depicting the Greek mythological siblings Phrixus and Helle,

Phrixus and Helle fresco discovered at Pompeii

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Archaeologists have unearthed a fresco depicting the Greek mythological siblings Phrixus and Helle, within the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

Gabriel Zuchtriegel, the director of Pompeii Archaeological Park, hailed the discovery as a poignant echo of history unfolding once more.

The fresco portrays Helle teetering on the brink of drowning, her visage obscured by waves as she desperately reaches out to her brother. Zuchtriegel described the find as a testament to the enduring relevance of the Phrixus and Helle myth.

“History has repeated itself,” said Gabriel Zuchtriegel, the director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, as he gave an update on excavation and restoration work.

“It is a beautiful fresco in an excellent state of conservation.

“The myth of Phrixus and Helle is widespread at Pompeii but it is topical too.

“They are two refugees at sea, a brother and sister, forced to flee because their stepmother wants rid of them and she does so with deception and corruption.

“She (Helle) fell into the water and drowned.

The artwork, resplendent with vibrant hues and meticulous craftsmanship, captures the emotional intensity of the myth, portraying the harrowing moment of Helle’s struggle against the elements.

Zuchtriegel expressed optimism about soon opening these meticulously preserved dwellings to the public, underscoring the cultural and historical significance of this latest revelation.

Pompeii, famously devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79, claimed the lives of over 2,000 individuals. Over the years, the ruins of Pompeii have become a revered archaeological site, drawing nearly 4 million visitors annually.

Since 2013, significant efforts have been undertaken to enhance Pompeii’s preservation, following concerns raised by UNESCO. Today, Pompeii stands as a testament to ancient civilisation, offering invaluable insights into the past for millions of visitors worldwide.

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