Embracing figures at Pompeii ‘could have been gay lovers’, after scan reveals they are both men

It is an iconic image which conveys the human dimension of one of the world’s worst natural disasters that still resonates 2,000 years later.

Two bodies found wrapped in a poignant embrace in their final moments as they were covered beneath molten rock and layers of ash in the ancient city of Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius violently erupted in 79 A.D.

The bodies were dubbed “The Two Maidens” when they were first discovered but in a startling discovery this week scientists found the two bodies were actually male – raising speculation that they may have been gay lovers.

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