The exhibition "The Last Day of Pompeii", open until 9 September 2016, was inaugurated on the 9th of July in Shanghai at the Global Harbor Museum. Nearly 300 artifacts from Pompeii and other archaeological sites around Vesuvius (Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis, Boscoreale) are displayed in the museum. The exhibition is divided into sections that allow the visitor to learn about different aspects of political, economic and religious life of ancient Pompeii. From the numerous sculptures that once adorned the gardens and the reception rooms of the rich houses (called “domus” in Latin), the casts of the victims of the eruption, with frescoed walls, to tools and objects that testify the luxurious lifestyle of city dwellers. Alongside priceless frescoes, like the walls painted with scenes of the garden of one of the rooms of the “House of the gold bracelet”, there are objects that belong to the everyday life of the ancient Pompeiians: terracotta pots and pans, hooks and fishing tools, funerary objects, beauty ornaments of the Roman women and some old coins.
This is the exhibition’s first stop on the Chinese soil after the success it already had in the South Korean cities Seoul and Ulsan. Professor Massimo Osanna, the Superintendent of the archaeological site of Pompeii, said that “as previously stated in the recent exhibitions in the East of Asia, it is a great opportunity to raise awareness of an important part of the history of the ancient city of Pompeii, its customs and traditions, in a land which is geographically and culturally very different from ours. Culture and tradition of Pompeii belong to the Western World, but its history is part of the heritage of the whole mankind, in its dramatic aspects that saw the tragedy of men and women swept away by the fury of the eruption of Vesuvius and its historical and scientific aspects that gave us the opportunity to reconstruct a considerable part of the events of the Roman world and the daily life of the time”.
“Bringing Pompeii and its remains outside the borders of Italy and Europe – he said - is a key objective of the enhancement and the develop of culture from an international point of view for the Superintendency of Pompeii and allows us to put through our project to make this extraordinary and unique treasure that history has given us available everywhere for everyone".
The exhibition includes also two films. These digital videos show the reconstructions of the final fateful moments of Pompeii’s life. During the last ten years, the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Italian Government have developed many documentaries about life in Pompeii and the eruption of the Vesuvius in the 79 a.D. Thanks to the new technologies, now it is possible to see how the city was before the natural disaster who buried it.
Also private companies, like Flashback Journey to Pompeii, believe in this new way to support the charm of the ruins of the ancient city with a technological re-creation who gives the visitors the opportunity to see how Pompeii was before the eruption.
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