ESCAPE FROM POMPEII: THE UNTOLD ROMAN RESCUEWestern Australian Museum
ESCAPE FROM POMPEII: THE UNTOLD ROMAN RESCUE
Fri 22 Sep 2017 – Sun 4 Feb 2018
WA Maritime Museum, Fremantle
9:30am – 5:00pm
In 79 BCE Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under huge waves of volcanic ash and debris.
The falling ash encased and preserved the two maritime cities and the residents who were unable to escape. When excavation began in the area, 2000 years later, 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 with evidence of wealth and 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 are invited 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.