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The lovers and the symposium

Paestum, called Posidonia by the Greeks, is an ancient city of Magna Graecia on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Campania, Italy. The city was founded in the 7th century BC and was later conquered by the Romans in the 9th century AD.

The Tomb of the Diver, discovered in the necropolis of Paestum in 1968, is a rare example of funerary art from Magna Graecia. It consists of the interior wall paintings of a tomb from around 480 BC. The painted slabs depict scenes from a symposium, a banquet where ancient Greek men gathered to drink wine, discuss, sing and have fun.

The so-called Lovers’ Fresco depicts a young couple holding hands and gazing intensely into each other’s eyes, immersed in an atmosphere of great intimacy. The scene is painted with vibrant and detailed colors. The Lovers’ Fresco has become an icon and a symbol of romantic love, and it has been the subject of numerous studies and interpretations by scholars.

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