Une inscription remet en question la date de l'éruption — Pompéi

17 Octobre, 2018, 18:36 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Le responsable du parc archéologique de Pompéi Massimo Osanna se tient devant la fresque murale fraichement mis au jour dans une maison romaine

Le directeur des fouilles du site, Massimo Osanna, vient de révéler qu'une inscription récemment découverte remettait entièrement en question la date de l'éruption du Vésuve, rapporte Le Figaro. Sur un mur, il aurait inscrit " 16e jour avant les calendes de novembre ", ce qui correspond au 17 octobre. Un récit de Pline le Jeune indiquait la date du 24 août 79On a longtemps pensé que la destruction de Pompéi avait eu lieu le 24 août 79 en raison d'un récit de l'éruption volcanique fait par Pline le Jeune, près de 30 ans plus tard, dans deux lettres adressées à l'historien Tacite.

Pour Massimo Osanna, la découverte du graffiti, ajoutée à ces précédentes découvertes, conduit à penser que le Vésuve est entré en éruption le 24 octobre. "Au XIXème siècle déjà, la découverte de traces de branches contenant des fruits d'automne et des braseros avait remis en cause cette date".

L'inscription, qui mentionne le date du 17 octobre, a dû être faite juste avant l'éruption.

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