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Pompeii: Tales From An Eruption

Birmingham Museum of Art

Pompeii: Tales From An Eruption

The exhibition Stories of an eruption. Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis on the victims of the famous eruption of Vesuvius that struck Pompeii in 79 AD has been developed to respond to the need to reassemble recent architectural finds and present them to the public.

Pompeii, with over two million visitors each year, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy. The exhibition “Stories from an eruption. Pompeii Herculaneum Oplontis” at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples offers an opportunity for a preview of the finds of recent excavations. The essays and the fine illustrations put antiquity in human terms, reconstructing the “stories” of the individuals whose lives were interrupted by the eruption. The sections on Herculaneum, Oplontis and Pompeii present the relics of fleeing figures, contextualized in the “places of the catastrophe”: handfuls of coins, gold jewelry, silver tableware, house keys, oil lamps and tools that help archaeologists to reconstruct the event. New discoveries include the frescoes found in the recent excavations at Moregine.