Monday, 29 February 2016

The Curse of Pompeii

Most tourists who visit Pompeii every year leave with nothing but memories. Some take away a little extra – pieces of Pompeii. Many of those who have slipped a piece of one the world’s most important archaeological sites into their pockets have come to regret their actions.

Tourists who took relics from the ruined Roman city have been returning them to the site, claiming they are cursed.
One man wrote from Latin America saying that he and his entire family had experienced “trauma after trauma” after he took a piece of stone from Pompeii.

Massimo Osanna, Pompeii’s archaeological superintendent, said he had received up to a hundred packages from across the world in recent years containing items from the site, often accompanied by letters explaining the relics had brought them bad luck.
The “curse of Pompeii” says the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 was punishment inflicted by the gods after legionaries destroyed holy buildings.

“At a certain point, people started believing in this story again,” said Mr Osanna. “Even proper thieves have returned things to us.”



http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11932368/Pompeiis-pilferers-punished-with-a-curse-from-the-gods.html



See ----->http://psjfactoids.blogspot.ca/2016/02/montreal-museum-of-fine-arts-brings.html
See ----->http://psjfactoids.blogspot.ca/2016/02/pompeii-victims-bodies-revealed-in-scans.html
See ----->http://psjfactoids.blogspot.ca/2015/05/treasures-of-pompeii.html
See ----->http://psjfactoids.blogspot.ca/2015/08/returned-stolen-treasure.html