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Pompeii: the Mitoraj’s exhibition

Thirty monumental sculptures by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj are exposed in Pompeii Ruins. The preparation has just been completed and the exhibition will remain on show until January 2017. The majestic bronze sculptures have been placed in different areas of the ruins like the Temple of Venus, the Basilica, the Forum, Street of Abundance, the Stabian Baths and the portico of the Theatres. The exhibition is a posthumous tribute to Mitoraj under the artistic direction of Luca Pizzi.

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Pompeii New Exhibition: “Mito e Natura dalla Magna Grecia a Pompei”

The gardens of Octavius Quartius, the huge complex of Julia Felix, the extraordinary patio of the House Venus in the Shell: these are only few of the amazing highlights of the new big exposition in Pompeii.

The Pompeii’s Superintendent Massimo Osanna, also pulled out from the storage rooms of the ruins the remains of charred food and fruits to expose them in the amphitheater. He explains: “We opened a path that starts from the amphitheater to the discover gardens adorned with statues and furniture”.

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In the same time the director of the Archaeological Museum of Naples, Paolo Giulierini, arranged another extraordinary exhibition with amazing pieces, such as the slabs of the “Tomb of the Diver” from Paestum. Besides, frescoes, mosaics, silver sets, jewelry, also statues, potteries that give a sense of how nature and life were perceived by the ancient Italian civilizations.

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Oplontis: the new exhibition of golds and furnitures

News from Oplontis. “A picco sul mare. Arredi di lusso al tempo di Poppea”, is the name of an exhibition that tells the daily life of Roman aristocracy in the first century AC. The exhibit in the Palazzo Criscuolo’s rooms, the city hall of Torre Annunziata, includes ornaments, furnishings and jewels which adorned homes and people in 79AD, at the time of catastrophic eruption of the Mount Vesuvius. Extraordinary objects, which will remain on show for 3 months. Over 40 pieces of great value, many never seen before, some shown to the public last time 40 years ago. The exhibit is only the first step of a permanent museum that will come out from the storage rooms of Oplontis.

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Pompeii bodies’ autopsy: The cause of death was not ash or gas but …

As is well known the bodies “petrified” of Pompeii are not dead “fossilized” by the volcano’s ash but plaster casts. Archaeologists identified some holes in the ground and they hypothesized that those gaps could be the presence of bodies or animal carcasses, disintegrated over time. The archaeologists poured  plaster  through the gaps and when it was dry they begun to remove some of the ground. In this way the archaeologists brought to light the first positive of an ancient bodies.

But what was the cause of death of Pompeii’s inhabitants?

Until now scholars thought that victims were poisoned by fumes or killed by ash and lapilli, thanks to the new technology now we are able to know that many people were killed by roofs and walls collapse, due to the weight of the ash that had accumulated on them. Peolpe were killed by injury and in a second time covered with ashes. The signs of the serious injuries would have been detected by careful observation of the bodies by technological means and in highly accurate analysis. The “expertise” was made possible thanks to scanning and digital enlargements of the casts of the bodies

 

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The Romani Walk

The Romani Walk is the title of an amazing, engaging and funny movie of the historical novel writers Ben Kane, Anthony Riches and Russel Whitfield. Emiliano had the great honor of being supporting actor and guide during their insane walk from Capua to Rome. Just take a relaxing sit and have a great time watching it.

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