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Escape from Pompeii - The Untold Roman Rescue

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Fascinating Exhibition on Ruins/Artefacts of Pompeii
Escape from Pompeii - The Untold Roman Rescue is an International exhibition featuring 2,000-year-old artefacts from Pompeii, Sicily, Naples and Rome.

These are from the huge volcanic ash of the great Mt Vesuvius volcano and you can discover ancient treasures and gems revered by the citizens of Pompeii in this world-class exhibition.


Here is a video clip that will give you an exciting insight into this fabulous exhibition - it is from Sydney, however, it is the same exhibition throughout Australia.

The following is a fascinating reconstruction and details of the eruption of this devestating volcano:

The Untold Story
In 79 AD, there was a tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under huge avalanches of volcanic ash and debris.

The falling ash encased and preserved the two maritime cities and the residents were unable to escape. 2000 years later, they began excavations in the area and researchers were astounded to find intact the buildings, objects and remains of those who died in one of history's most famous natural disasters.

The artefacts recovered from Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Bay of Naples provided researchers of the time with evidence of the wealth as well as an extensive maritime trade network. It provided a glimpse into the success of the Roman Empire at the time of the eruption, a time when the Empire controlled the Mediterranean.

As many tried to flee, the Roman Navy attempted a heroic but ultimately tragic rescue of victims stranded at the foot of the volcano.

Escape from Pompeii - The Untold Roman Rescue follows the written accounts of the commander of the fleet Pliny the Elder and his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who witnessed the event and created the only surviving first-hand account of the disaster.

Through these accounts and rare archaeological artefacts, you will be able to explore the disaster that unfolded as a result of the eruption and learn how the control of the Mediterranean gave the Roman Empire unprecedented prosperity.

The cities and the eruption's victims were preserved for 2000 years. Few people, however, would know that the Roman navy attempted to evacuate people affected by this eruption, or its important role in the success of the Roman Empire.

The commander Pliny the Elder, was not a military man, but was famous for his writings not for any warlike exploits.

In 79 AD Pliny had just finished his Natural History, an encyclopedia of how the Romans understood the world around them, and a reference work for the masses that would continue to be used for the next 2,000 years.

His nephew, Pliny the Younger wrote letters and hence it is known about the rescue attempt. He was about 17 years old at the time of the eruption and was living with his uncle and his mother at the naval base at Misenum, across the bay from Pompeii.

"Ashes were already falling, hotter and thicker as the ships drew near, followed by bits of pumice and blackened stones, charred and cracked by the flames; then suddenly they were in shallow water, and the shore was blocked by the debris of the mountain. For a moment my uncle wondered whether to turn back, but when the helmsman advised this he refused, telling him Fortune stood by the courageous...." - Pliny the Younger, Letters VI 16.

Many years later he was asked to write an account of what happened to his uncle on that fateful day, and as a result of this, we have this international exhibition.

The Exhibition
This is, therefore, an exhibition which uncovers the role of the Roman navy and its importance to the Roman Empire.

Here you will be able to discover how a non-military man like Pliny the Elder could be its commander, what its ships were like, and who crewed them.

It looks at Pompeii as a maritime and riverine port, and how it tapped into the trade boom brought about by Rome's mastery of the sea which is due to its navy.

Ancient Objects and a Cinematic Experience
The exhibition 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 will give the viewers an insight into the lives of sailors of the Roman fleet and into the people who lived on the Bay of Naples, considered by many Romans to be the most beautiful place on earth, at least, until the eruption.

As a visitor to this exhibition you will see the following:

A Roman rostrum, used to ram enemy ships
A helmet from the Battle of the Aegates in 241 BC, which
marked Rome's entry as a maritime superpower
Sculptured reliefs celebrating Rome's naval victories
A military diploma bestowing Roman citizenship on a
Trade goods from Pompeii both workaday items and luxuries
and including sculptures, mosaics, frescoes, jewellery,
glassware and tableware sourced from throughout the empire
Everyday objects preserved in the eruption, such as a loaf of
bread and figs from Herculaneum
Items taken by the fleeing victims
Haunting body casts of the victims themselves Pompeiians,
captured in their final moments.
A short film entitled A Day in Pompeii that depicts what it was
like living those final hours under the shadow of an erupting
Mount Vesuvius. This film is also shown in 3D at selected

WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Fri 22 Sep 2017 Sun 4 Feb 2018

Adults $20.00
Concession $15.00 - applies to students, seniors and health care card holders
Child 5-15 $12.50
Child 4 and under Free
Family $60.00 - two adults and two children, or one adult and three children

Book your tickets here.

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Why? For a Fascinating Exhibition on the Artifacts of Pompeii
When: Fri 22 Sep 2017 Sun 4 Feb 2018
Where: WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle
Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Concession, Children $12.50, Under 4 free
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