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Italy. Sicily. Piazza Armerina. You will find the Villa Romana del Casale. And it's a marvellous place. Because in the 4th century the mudflow covered everything with an even layer, nobody remembered this place until the 12th century, and then, when they remembered it, they didn't touch it at all.
In the 1930s, the Italians became interested in their great past and began to dig out one ancient monument after another. Villa Casale also came to their attention and began to be cleared. But a major war broke out and the excavations were frozen. It wasn't until the 50s that it was re-excavated.
And in the '50s, a sensation struck. Italian archaeologists discovered a perfectly preserved mosaic, which later came to be called "Bikini Girls". Here it is:
Roman ladies in bikinis go in for sports. And they use dumbbells, and they throw the ball ... that's just adorable.
Neither before, nor after this astonishing discovery, archeologists met images of Latin beauties in such revealing outfits.
I suppose that scientific ladies and gentlemen will meet nothing of the kind in the near future.
A publicity stunt, repeated 2 times, is no longer so good.
And in the fifties of XX century, such a move blew up the fashion world no weaker than the atom bomb. The world really turned upside down, and became different.
Compare the dates and appreciate the Italian ingenuity.
It was in the early 50's that the battle for the fashion market in Europe was on. The French and Italians are pushing a new style - provocative, frank, sexy, killing conservatism at its roots. And one of the symbols of this wondrous new world is the bikini suit, named after the archipelago where nuclear weapons were tested.
Conservatives resist, protest, and then... a nuclear explosion! Mamma mia, it turns out ancients already appreciated the allure of the bikini! Archaeologists confirm! A sensation! There was already a bikini in ancient Rome!
And it's good for everyone. And to those who promote frank beachwear, and archaeologists who made a sensational discovery, and world culture, which was "found again".