Interesting discovery in 2007 from Herculaneum. What might it suggest about Herculaneum that a Roman throne was in Herculaneum? What significance might be attached to the fact that it was found in the house of Julius Caesar’s father-in-law?
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Roman throne in the volcanic ash that buried the city of Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in the year 79. Scientists unearthed two legs and the back of a throne, the first ever found. The piece was decorated with ivory bas-reliefs of ancient deities, pine cones and phalluses.
“It’s the first original throne from Roman times that has survived until today,” said Pompeii’s archaeological superintendent. Before now, such furniture had only been seen in artistic depictions. The remnants were found in a first-century house believed to belong to Julius Caesar’s father-in-law. The house has also yielded hundreds of ancient documents.
(Source: Newser.com, 5 December 2007)