Saturday, April 7, 2018
Life and Death in Pompeii
Last Friday I went to the Arizona Science Center to see an exhibit called Pompeii the Exhibition. I was truly impressed by what I saw. The exhibit was designed to take the visitor back in time to August 24, 79AD, the day this city was frozen in time and buried for 16 centuries.
One of the things that impressed me the most were all of the artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archeological Museum that were totally in tact. There were statues and sculptures, pottery and jewelry all looking as if they were brand new. This statue was found in a wealthy person's home and would have been the center of a fountain similar to how it is depicted here.
These statues of a man on the left and Caligula on the right were found in the city buried in ash and debris.
These sculptures were very impressive. It depicts two dogs attacking a wild boar. It was the main sculptural feature of a garden water basin, one of the most elaborate found in the ruins of the city.
This beautiful gold necklace and earrings looked like you could pick it up and put it on and it would look every bit as fashionable today as it was 2000 years ago.
At the end of the exhibit, visitors went into a theatre where a short video gave us the look and feel of being engulfed by the explosions from Mt. Vesuvius. The floor shook and stage smoke filled the room giving us all a brief, but safe way to experience what happened. It was very well done. After the video we moved into the last room of the exhibit where a few plaster casts of some of the bodies that were discovered buried in the ash were on display. Those casts really gave you a feel of the suddenness of what happened and how so many people died from the gases and smoke as they were trying to escape what was happening.