Really now, a moderator replies with a purely factual message and he gets accused by Mipsman of not engaging in wild speculations? That’s not very fair.
Why must we assume that a 2-handled vessel is automatically Greek, or European? I’ve seen an ancient metal statue of a Chinese warrior who looks for all intents and purposes like a Viking, but I certainly don’t think that the Chinese culturally diffused in North Europe a few hundred or a few thousand years ago.
Especially in the light of the link that Alphagene provided regarding the dubious veracity of this strange claim, we really ought to bring Occam’s razor into our daily lives a bit more. Is it sensible to assume that the ancient Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, or whoever else (none of whom possessed very advanced sailing technology, and who got off on stories of a hero lost in the Mediterranean and nearby seas for 10 years) crossed the ocean and settled in Brazil, leaving behind NO evidence except one vase? Or is it more sensible to wait for hard evidence before engaging in wild speculations?
The Romans in Brazil is probably just another attempt to lay cultural/ethnic claim to land. We have seen similar ridiculous attempts by people trying to claim that white people were in North America before the Indians. It is now suggested that the first people in the Americas were actually black (something that makes more sense but which we must still verify properly):
We should wait for hard evidence before speculating wildly about ancient cultures travelling huge distances, and we really ought to look at WHY some people want these claims to be true so badly, and what their motives really are. Desire for something to be true does not equal truth.