Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
28 March - 29 September 2013
AD 79. In just 24 hours, two cities in the Bay of Naples, southern Italy, were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Preserved under ash, their rediscovery nearly 1,700 years later provided an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.
Starting with the bustling street, and moving through the intimate spaces of a home, you will be transported into the lives of ordinary Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, before devastation struck. From the atrium to the garden, bedroom and dining room, this personal journey will reveal parallels with our own lives today.
With over 20 years since the last major exhibition on Pompeii in the UK, recent discoveries alongside celebrated objects, including body casts, will reveal new insights into this highly captivating and human story.
An unmissable exhibition.
Image: Portrait of baker Terentius Neo and his wife. Pompeii, AD 55– 79. © DeAgostini/SuperStock.
Location: Round Reading Room
Booking fee: £1.00 per ticket
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