“Memento Mori” the moseic loved by the Pink Floids

The mosaic represents an allegorical and symbolic philosophical theme of the transience of life and death that eliminates disparities in social class and wealth. The summit of the composition is a level with his plumb line, a tool that was used by masons to control the levelling in construction. The axis of the lead isContinue reading ““Memento Mori” the moseic loved by the Pink Floids”

The Skeletons of Herculaneum

    Herculaneum was a prosperous resort town inhabited in summer by well-to-do Romans and their servants, in addition to the year-round resident. When the Vesuiuv erupted in 79 A.D. they were all there for the season: aristocrats and slaves, young and old. They fled the volcano’s eruption at the very last minute and wereContinue reading “The Skeletons of Herculaneum”

The Amphitheater of Pompeii

The term amphitheater has Greek origin and it is indicated for the first time by Vitruvius. It has an elliptical structure consisting in an arena where the games took place, and around it  stands dedicated to the public. The building was constructed in the recently urbanized south-east of the city, placing it against the cityContinue reading “The Amphitheater of Pompeii”

The House of the Chaste Lovers at Pompeii

The House of the Chaste Lovers gets its name from a symposiac painting depicting a couple exchanging a sensual yet chaste kiss during an outdoor summer banquet organized by two men, accompanied with courtesans lounging on beds under a canopy, where music and dance are the frame for wine and love. The building is actuallyContinue reading “The House of the Chaste Lovers at Pompeii”

The Doryphoros of Polykleitos at the Archaeological Museum of Naples

The statue represents the spear-bearer. This statue is located at the Archaeological Museum of Naples and it is one of the best copies we receive from history. T he original statue was executed in bronze by Polykleitos around 440 BC with the purpose to represent the ideal of harmony of the greek man, kalòs KaiContinue reading “The Doryphoros of Polykleitos at the Archaeological Museum of Naples”

Information and advice for visiting Pompeii

Entrance Porta Marina (Marina Gate) – Piazza Esedra (Esedra Square) – Piazza Anfiteatro (Amphitheater Square) Opening times The Pompeii archeological site is open dailyApr–Oct 8:30am to 7:30pm, Nov–Mar 8:30am–5pm. The last entry is 90 minutes before closing. How to get to Pompeii By train Marina Gate and Esedra square: From Naples, take the half-hourly localContinue reading “Information and advice for visiting Pompeii”

Wall painting in Pompeii

The first scholar to classify the Pompeian painting was the German archaeologist August Mau that stood out in four styles. The FIRST STYLE, referring to the period from III to I century BC, of Greek origin, structural style or fouling, was an imitation of stucco, often in relief, a technique called opus quadratum, used toContinue reading “Wall painting in Pompeii”

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD

Findings from the archaeological and stratigraphic surveys on materials deposited during the eruption od Vesuvius in 79 AD compared with Pliny the Younger’s description of the event to Tacitus have shed light on the progression of consequences for people and things during the development of the eruptive event. On the mooring of 24 August 79Continue reading “The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD”

The papyrus

The Latin word chart, from the Greek  χαρτης describes a sheet made by juxtaposing and stacking thin layers made from the papyrus stem. The papyrus was common in swampy areas and warm climates. The romans perfected the process for treating it, which the Egyptians used as early as 3000 BC, described by Pliny the Elder.Continue reading “The papyrus”

The professions in the ancient Pompeii

When around the year 80BC Pompeii became a Roman colony grew both in terms of population and economy, and there was was a big boost in trade . The port guaranteed great wealth to the entire city, allowing the export of food products, textiles, cosmetics and more. Economic activities of every kind were scattered throughoutContinue reading “The professions in the ancient Pompeii”