The German Poet, Goethe, after touring Pompeii ruins in 1780s wrote, “Many disasters have befallen the world, but few have brought posterity so much joy.
Pompeii, the city, disappeared for 1500 years to be rediscovered in 1740. Archeologists over time have uncovered a unique ancient civilization. The ruins helps form an idea about life during the glorious days of the Roman Empire.
The seaside town of Pompeii, near modern day Naples, was integrated into the Roman empire in 80 BC. Its proximity to Rome made it a busy commercial hub.
Mt. Vesuvius erupted on August 24, 79 AD, an hour after a massive earthquake. A massive column of ash shot up to a height of 14 kilometers.
The cloud became so thick that it blocked the sun and made the region look as dark as night, although it was noon.
This description is according to writer Pliney the Younger.
This tragedy occurred, ironically, one day after Vulcanalia, the festival of Roman God of fire.
The heat surge killed the villagers and the rain of ash preserved them.
The Pacific Science Centre, Seattle, Washington is holding “Pompeii- the exhibition” from February 7 to May 25,2015.
It gave a chance to experience Pompeii before and after the eruption in 79 AD. The exhibits include pottery,
medicare and surgery instruments of bronze,
Gladiator’s Helmet, Dress and arms
Exclusive golden jewelry
statues, furniture, human caste etc. The eruption was brought to live with a beautiful audio visual effect assisted by fog.
If the exhibits could take the viewers get lost 2000 years back into history,
imagining what real Pompeii would.