Pompeii, the forgotten story

MUSÉE DE LA ROMANITÉ - Nîmes

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6 April - 20 October 2019

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Pompeii, the forgotten story

Pompeii, the forgotten story

In the year 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and in the space of several hours buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculanum. From his post in Misenum, Pliny the Elder, Roman author and naval commander, decides to sail twelve ships to help the inhabitants of Pompeii flee the scene. This attempted rescue, often forgotten, allows us to consider the fundamental role the Roman fleet played in making Rome the financial and military supremacy in the Mediterranean region. The Empire’s financial prosperity and the Roman lifestyle are closely linked to the naval expertise that was developed over time. These themes are illustrated throughout the exhibition with original archaeological finds and objects from Italian collections, on display in historical reconstitutions, elaborate sets and innovative and interactive multimedia devices. The fascinating story, that is the main theme in the exhibition, immerses the viewer in this final and fatal day of the beautiful city symbolic of Rome’s power, through the eyes of a major figure of its society.

Morceau de pain provenant d’Herculanum ; Herculanum ; 79 ap. J.-C. ; matière organique ; 18 x 4,5 cm / © Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

The immersive exhibition is organized around a set of more than 250 archaeological objects from Pompeii, Herculaneum and other important sites of Campania.
Hence, the new Museum of Romanity in Nîmes invites the visitors to relive the last days of Pompeii, the flamboyant city with a tragic destiny, immortal symbol of the power of Rome. 

Moule d’une victime de Pompéi (femme) ; Pompéi ; Ier siècle ap. J.-C. ; plâtre ; 45 x 170 x 66 cm / © Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Relief représentant deux navires de guerre romains avec des soldats ; IIème-Ier siècle av. J.-C. ; calcaire ; 50 x 144 x 27 cm / © Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Bracelet ; Pompéi ; Ier siècle ap. J.-C. ; or ; 6,3 x 6,3 cm / © Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Collier en or, émeraudes et perles ; Pompéi ; Ier siècle ap. J.-C. ; or, gemmes ; 38,8 cm / © Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
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