L Pompeii Male Torso
There is a mystical history to this partial cast artifact found in Pompeii, the lost city, that was a Roman refitting of an established and mature city built by others. The Romans incorporated ancient Pompeii into their regime in 89 B.C. and gave it the status of a colony in 80 B.C. It is generally agreed in large part that the city the Romans conquered resembled the one lost in the ashes cast by the Mount Vesuvius volcano eruption. As seen on the torso, the man is donning a rugged cloak, which indicated that the bust was most likely a labor worker. It is known that Pompeii was a very busy economic center for business, and many of the traders and merchants carried on their money making just hours before the eruption.