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The “Skull Pliny”. The skeleton of the great Roman writer was found in the early twentieth century

Pliny the Elder (23-79 d.C.), writer, naturalist and Roman Admiral, It was the most illustrious victim of’eruption of Vesuvius that in 79 d.C. submerged Pompei, Ercolano e Stabia.

There is historical evidence that the man was engulfed by lava while trying to bring relief to the population and, at the same time, to study a phenomenon which at the time no one knew practically nothing.

At the beginning of '900, near the mouth of Sarno, they were found 73 skeletons belonging to as many victims of that time, but one of them aroused particular interest: somewhat apart, the body was adorned with gold and jewels, including a bracelet in the shape of snake, a gold necklace, a ring depicting a lion's head and a double sword with precious ivory hilt.

The discovery aroused a sensation and emotion: almost certainly it was in front of the skeleton Pliny the Elder, to date only relic of a famous character of Ancient Rome in our possession.

An important finding, that should be studied and analyzed in every detail, also taking advantage of the high accuracy of the technological means available today, and rather too long guiltily lies almost forgotten preserved in a glass case at the Museum of Art Roma health indicated by the simple wording “Skull of Pliny“.

Bureaucracy and neglect that, Luckily, thanks to, among others, the Turin daily The print, could be, hopefully, soon exceeded: http://www.lastampa.it/2017/08/25/cultura/il-cranio-di-plinio-il-vecchio-perso-nei-meandri-della-burocrazia-6iJUlwKE2eLDlFpksFtGPO/pagina.html e https://percevalasnotizie.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/sponsor-cercasi-per-il-teschio-di-plinio-eroe-delleruzione-di-pompei/. (Photo gives: laprovinciadicomo.it).