2,000-Year-Old Greek Tomb Painting Found in Italy

A 2,000-year-old painting depicting a naked servant carrying a jug of wine and a vase, has been discovered inside a tomb in Cumae, which is considered to be the first settlement of  ancient Greeks in modern Italy, a Daily Mail online report says.

The part of the painting with the servant is the only one that has survived in the tomb, which archaeologists believe was looted in the 19th century. They believe that the painting depicted a banquet.

Historians believe that Cumae was founded in eighth century BC by Greeks, the first  colony in today’s Italy. It is located 15 miles west of Naples, in southern Italy.

Archaeologists and researches have been working at the site since 2001. A Greek sanctuary, roads and a necropolis have previously been found in the area, the tomb with the painting being the latest find.

Researchers said that the remaining plaster and pigments are in an excellent state of conservation and that such decorations were rare in that period.