The Untold Roman Rescue
International exhibition featuring 2,000 year old artefacts from Pompeii, Sicily, Naples and Rome.
In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing huge waves of volcanic ash and debris over the thickly populated Bay of Naples. The eruption was noticed at the Roman Naval base at Misenum, and in response the fleet’s commander, Pliny the Elder, ordered the Roman fleet to rescue as many people as possible. This is one of the first recorded rescues by sea of civilians by a military force.
The exhibition reveals how the Roman navy came to dominate the Mediterranean, and how this control created a boom in maritime trade not seen again for a thousand years. Finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum – towns destroyed by the volcano – and from shipwrecks bear witness to the extent of this trade in raw materials and luxury goods. As this was the only naval force remaining in the Mediterranean, Pliny the Elder was free to use it to aid the people threatened by Vesuvius.
Objects displayed in Escape from Pompeii include jewellery, ceramics, sculptures, frescoes from Pompeii and Herculaneum, and artefacts recovered from ancient shipwrecks. It also features haunting body casts of some of Vesuvius’ victims.
Escape from Pompeii covers key areas of the History Syllabus, both for NSW and nationally, with a series of targeted education programs being developed to accompany the exhibition.
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Image: Roman warship. Marble relief from Puteoli (Pozzuoli), 1st century AD. Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Under licence from Getty Images.
Open daily, 9.30am–5pm, from 31 March to 21 August 2017.
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Escape from Pompeii is developed by the Australian National Maritime Museum in association with Expona and Contemporanea Progetti.
Italian Chamber of Commerce
Italian Consul General of Sydney
The Art of Science
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777