Very old pizza – level 2

03-07-2023 07:00

Archaeologists discovered a fresco resembling a pizza in Pompeii’s ruins.

They found the painting during excavations in Pompeii’s Regio IX area. The fresco shows round bread on a tray with fruits. Surprisingly, it includes an object which looks like a pineapple, although Europeans discovered the fruit much later. Experts believe the bread was seasoned with spices or herb cheese spread. Inspiration for the painting probably comes from a Greek tradition of giving gifts to guests.

The director of Pompeii’s archaeological park compares it to pizza, which started as a simple dish and later, it got popular worldwide. But experts are still discussing the fruit on the pizza.

Difficult words: fresco (a painting on wet plaster), resemble (to look like something else), inspiration (someone or something that gives you ideas for doing something).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are the opinions of experts about the fruit on the pizza discovered in Pompeii's ruins?


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