Escape from Pompeii
The terrifying experience of watching your whole world explode as you try to outrun the flames – this is the escape from Pompeii.
Now showing at the National Maritime Museum until August 30, Escape from Pompeii explores the final moments of that fatal day in 79AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
While many know of the tragedy, what isn’t commonly known is how the Roman navy attempted to evacuated residents – much like modern navy and armed forces would today during disasters.
The exhibition, which features ancient objects from Rome that show the importance of the navy to the city’s success and the spreading of the Empire, hinges on the writings of Pliny the Elder, who was not a military man but a burgeoning historian and documenter.
In 79 AD he had just completed his Natural History, an encyclopedia of how the Romans understood the world around them – a reference work for the masses that would continue to be used for the next 2,000 years.
The exhibition also brings to Australia rare artefacts from sites from around the Bay of Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum and lesser-known ones such as Baiae, Puteoli and Misenum. They give insight into the lives of sailors of the Roman fleet and to the people who lived on the Bay of Naples, considered by many Romans to be the most beautiful place on earth – that was, until the eruption.
Whether or not you’re a Roman history buff or simply looking for a way to spend the day during your trip to Sydney, Escape from Pompeii is one of the most fascinating exhibits in the city.
Escape from Pompeii is now showing at the National Maritime Museum until August 30.
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