Rome and Pompeii star together in Colosseum show

Until May 9, 'Pompeii 79 AD. A Roman history'

08 February, 17:15

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 8 - Rome, the great city with a standing similar to Alexandria or Carthage, and the mythical Pompeii will star for the first time in a show focusing on the intense relationship between the two most famous cities for archaeology. "Pompei 79 d.C. Una storia romana" (Pompeii 79 AD.

    R roman history) will open on Monday until May 9 at the Colosseum.

    The outcome of a collaboration between the Archaeological park of the Colosseum and the archaeological park of Pompeii and the National archaeological museum of Naples, curated by the late archaeologist Mario Torelli, the exhibit gives an insight into the social and cultural relations between the two cities.

    It starts with the second Samnite war, when Republican Rome included in its orbit many Campania communities at the end of IV BC until the tragic moments of the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD. In the middle, the director of the archaeological park of the Colosseum Alfonsina Russo told ANSA , is the "golden century, II BC, when Rome opened to the Mediterranean, reaching the Aegean" and, as shown by the over 100 oeuvres selected, "imported objects, as well as knowledge and technologies".

    The exhibit also shows the impact of the earthquake on Pompeii, "which when the eruption occurred had not yet completed its reconstruction, as shown by the numerous restaurants and hotels for construction workers found". Religion and luxury are also on display with the "reconstruction of the façade of the Domus found in 2000 in the Janiculum with very refined marbles in red and ancient yellow". After the Colosseum's reopening with the concert from the Arena, the exhibit is part of events that have already seen the inauguration of the new Antiquarium of the Archaeological park of Pompeii and will include a show on gladiators next spring at the National archaeological museum of Naples. (ANSAmed).

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