Mythological Narkissos Fresco Found in Pompeii



The newly discovered fresco of the legendary hunter Narcissus. C: Parco Archeologico di Pompei
According to Greek mythology, Narkissos, the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymphe Liriope, was a handsome man. But after looking at his reflection in a puddle, his name is now the root of the term narcissism, as he is becoming weaker and weaker.
Nevertheless, he is often depicted in the paintings of Pompeii, a Roman city buried in ashes when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
The new discovery announced by the Pompeii Archaeological Park is a striking example of how the city's artisans made Narkissos proud.


Archaeologists found this fresco in the atrium of an ancient house that made headlines in 2018, where there was an erotic picture. In this picture, he seduced Leda, the legendary queen of Sparta, while Jupiter the Roman god (dressed as a swan) was portrayed.
These two frescoes were found in separate rooms, but whoever decorated the house should have been a sensual art expert. A picture of Priapus, the god of fertility, was also found on the walls.
The walls in the Leda room were also decorated with flower embellishments, winged love gods, nature paintings and scenes of animals fighting each other.
Unfortunately, the ceiling in this room collapsed when Mount Vesuvius erupted. But the restorers are trying to rebuild the house.
The archaeologists in the atrium where the narcissus fresco was discovered could still see the staircase leading up to the upper floor. In later excavations, a dozen glass vessels, eight amphorae and a bronze chimney were uncovered in the storage area under the stairs. A bronze situla (a fancy bucket) was also found in the atrium.
Esi The scene of the well-known Narcissus myth is presented in the atrium of the house. The whole room is covered with the joy of life, beauty and flair. Female followers of Dionysus The figures of Maenad and the saturns accompanying the visitors in the public part of the house us ion

Source: poxox archaeology
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