Archaeologists have found a whirlpool of luxury and haven of vice at the bottom of the sea

(ORDO NEWS) — In Italy, archaeologists conducted acoustic remote sensing in the territory of Baia Park and found the city of the same name at the bottom of the Gulf of Naples, which in ancient Rome was considered a popular resort.

According to Heritage Daily, members of the NORBIT Subsea and 2BControl research projects, in collaboration with the Heritage Science Institute, made the discovery. They carried out acoustic sounding of the partially submerged ancient Roman city of Baia, which currently lies at the bottom of the Gulf of Naples in Italy.

Study participants used high frequency acoustic mapping in combination with surface imaging. In addition, they used a powerful multi-beam sonar, which made it possible to reconstruct structures that are now underwater objects.

The study as a whole allowed archaeologists to take a fresh look at the city of Baia, which thundered throughout Rome two millennia ago.

It is known that for many centuries it was a fashionable Roman resort, which was visited by famous figures. In particular, this resort was visited by Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar. The 1st century BC poet Sextus Propertius described the city as a “whirlpool of luxury” and a “harbor of vice”.

The resort was located on the Kuma Peninsula, that is, in a region known for its volcanic activity. Moreover, the ancient Romans considered this area to be the home of the fire god Vulcan.

Seismic activity and destroyed the city, gradually plunging it to the seabed. Most of the city was flooded between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD due to vertical ground movements caused by a local volcanic phenomenon known as “bradideism”.


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