Pompeii. Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius

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  • Thursday, September 5, 2019 - Sunday, March 8, 2020

Although it happened almost two thousand years ago, the destruction of Pompeii remains one of the most shocking and evocative catastrophes in human history. Following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., a thick shroud of ashes buried ancient streets, squares, homes, temples and baths, creating a cradle of archaeology. Excavation works have been ongoing for over 270 years, revealing secrets of the city frozen in time. We can admire ancient artefacts at the Museum of Archaeology in Kraków at the exhibition Pompeii. Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius.

The presentation includes over 120 items from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli: frescoes, marble statues and objects made from silver, bronze, iron and glass. Presented in a setting resembling ancient Pompeii, they let us take a peek into people’s daily lives, religious and political customs, culture, cuisine and medicine, as well as revealing secrets of the world of gladiators. Gladiators also take to the streets to invite passers-by to visit Pompeii by Wawel Hill (5 October, 10am, 3pm' 6 October, 10am). (Dorota Dziunikowska, “Karnet” monthly)

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