Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Pompeii and Herculaneum showcased at the British Museum


(By Kate Carlisle)
London, March 28 - Pompeii, sometimes called the
forgotten city, was lost for nearly 1,700 years before its
rediscovery in 1748.
When Mount Vesuvius erupted covering the bustling Roman
cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum near Naples in AD 79, those
who remained and the cities themselves were abandoned.
Eventually their names and locations were forgotten.
Although it is inconceivable that Pompeii will ever be left
behind again, an unprecedented exhibition beginning on Thursday
at the British Museum in London is set to give visitors
unforgettable insight to the ancient cities' glories.
Sponsored by Goldman Sachs, some 450 artifacts that have
never left Italy are on loan from the Superintendency of Naples
and will be on display until the end of September 2013.
The exhibition entitled 'Life and Death in Pompeii and
Herculaneum' will display everyday objects, complete frescoes,
statues, mosaics and casts of Vesuvius' victims - all frozen in
Exhibition organizers have created a journey through time,
with images of tranquil daily life in the ancient Roman cities
blended with the present-day bustle of the southern Italian city
of Naples.
The show segues into displays of objects, some quirky,
others dazzling, reminding the visitor the lives of Roman
citizens were not so different from ours.
Statues, garden furniture, food moulds, even a mosaic
warning sign reading "Cave canem" - beware of the dog - are
indicators of just how much the average person loved their
And as a reminder that ancient Romans were truly made of
flesh and blood, curators dipped into the abundant stock of
erotica preserved from the cities.
Sexual frolics are depicted in paintings, like the
unforgettable portrayal of a man and woman testing a new
position or signs explicitly indicating the whereabouts of
It is life as usual both in the past and present.
Then visitors are thrust into Pompeii in its worst moment
as Vesuvius explodes, sending out noxious gasses and showers of
Casts of the volcano's victims cower in agony - a family
lies together in positions of pain and terror, braced against
the hellish heat. A bejewelled woman covering her head with an
arm heavy with bracelets who thought she could take her riches
with her.
Lost, but not forgotten in today's world that looks for its
similarities in the past.

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