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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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Ready for the great exhibition on “EGYPT AND POMPEI”

Turin, Pompeii and Naples joined by a large exhibition project with a single topic: Egypt

 This is the theme of a prestigious exhibition that will be divided into three places and four times, which tells of influences, spiritual, social, political and artistic grafts originated by cults and elements of style born or passed through the land of the Nile, three places which are part of a broader reflection of the deepening relations between Pompeii and the great civilizations overlooking the Mediterranean.

 Date in TURIN: 5th of March 2016 Museo Egizio: exhibition of 330 new artifacts (172 from Pompeii).

Date in POMPEI: 16th of April 2016 – exhibition of seven monumental Egyptian statues.

Date in MANN: 28th of June 2016 – exposure route on the set of Isis cults that were born or arrived in Campania from the east through Egypt.

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Group’s field trip to Stabia

December, 2015

At the end of the working season as usual we have organized a day of study at the villas of ancient Stabiae.

Our archaeologist-guide Paolo Gardelli, expert of the site, accompanied us on a fantastic tour that made us discover unpublished frescoes and graffiti’s of precious archaeological site.

It is important to stay current on the latest archaeological discoveries, and we do not miss an opportunity to do so.

The day ended with a great lunch at Restaurant La Bettola del Gusto, our favourite restaurant in Pompeii.

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Pompei – Eternal Emotion

Transmitting screen emotions of those who visit Pompeii for the first time is a difficult task. In Pompeii the time has stopped and in a moment it seems to go back in time two thousand years. The director Pappi Corsicato seems to have succeeded. His work is called “Pompeii, eternal emotion”, a short film produced by Scabec – Company Cultural Heritage – on behalf of the Region, and that is being presented at the Turin Film Festival in the section Waves 2015. “Pompeii, eternal emotion” was created as a promotional video, but has now revealed a small masterpiece, with the strength of a poetic and artistic films in ten minutes is able to convey the excitement of a still image in history.

Tourists become the archaeological casts contemporaries, remain immobile, but by the flickering of the clothes, the wind in your hair, by a fluttering of eyelashes and a feeling that the static nature preserves the essence of life.

 

The cost of living in Pompeii

The cost of living in Pompeii seems to have been relatively low.

The Roman currency was comprised of coins which included asses (copper), dupondii (bronze), sestertii (bronze), denarii (silver) and aurei (gold).
Other denominations used were the quadrans, the quinarius argenteus and the quinarius aureus.

According to the sums of money found on the bodies of its inhabitants, Pompeii had some wealthy citizens.

coins in Pompeii

Some examples of basic costs are

Foodstuff:

A measure of ordinary wine     1as

A loaf of bread                          2 asses

A pound (0.33kg) of oil             2 dupondii

A modius (6.5kg) of wheat        15 dupondii

Utensils

Pot                           1 as

Plate                        1 as

Drinking cup            2 asses

General

Laundering a tunic           4 sestertii

A new tunic                     15 sestertii

1 mule                             130 denarii

1 slave                             630 denarii

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Pompeian Styles

The German archaeologist August Mau was the first scholar to classify the Pompeian painting in four styles.

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The first style, called structural style,  referring to the period from the third to the first century BC, was an imitation stucco, often in relief.  Significant examples of this style can be found in the House of the Faun in Pompeii and House Sannitica in Herculaneum.

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The second  style, described in detail by Vitruvius, called architectural style, was introduced in the first century  BC, it reworked some element  of the previous style. Inspired by the scene of the Hellenistic-Roman theater of shows structures and  columns, floral elements and animals and illusionistic realism. Examples II style are in the triclinium of the Villa Oplontis, in the Villa of the Mysteries, and the frescoes from the Villa Boscoreale, now preserved at Metropolitan Museum of New York and at the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

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The third style, called Pompeian style or ornamental, is caratherized by optical illusion, replaced by solid funds, usually in black, red or white, with a central miniaturistic paintings with mythological episode.  Some of the finest examples of the third style can be admired in the House of the Vetti and the House of Lucretius Fronto.

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The fourth style, called fantastic style, shows scenes of heroic-mythological and allegorical figures, painted in warm colors and depicting accessory elements in yellow gold. Many houses were redecorated after the violent earthquake of 62 AD. The House of the Tragic Poet, one of the Vetti and the Menander in Pompeii, the Shrine of the Augustals and the Casa dei Cervi at Herculaneum have some of the finest examples of decorations in the fourth style.

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A Day in Pompeii – Full-length animation

A Day in Pompeii, a Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, was held at Melbourne Museum from 26 June to 25 October 2009. Over 330,000 people visited the exhibition — an average of more than 2,700 per day — making it the most popular traveling exhibition ever staged by an Australian museum.

Zero One created the animation for an immersive 3D theatre installation which gave visitors a chance to feel the same drama and terror of the town’s citizens long ago, and witness how a series of eruptions wiped out Pompeii over 48 hours.

Copyright 2010 Zero One Animation and Melbourne Museum.

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