Last school holidays I managed to get myself to the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney, to view the exhibition Escape from Pompeii. Most people have heard of Pompeii, the Roman city that got buried under layers of volcanic ash that preserved it so well.  From this city, modern scholars have a snapshot of ancient Roman life through the architecture or art, like decorated walls covered with frescoes and mosaics.

The exhibition Escape from Pompeii brought to Australia items from the famous city and told the only account of Pliny the Elder’s attempted rescue of civilians from the disaster using ships of the Roman navy – an effort that cost him his life.

I, unfortunately, didn’t get to read much of the story the exhibition told as I had my four-year-old with me. But if you would like to know more about the rescue story read a voyage into catastrophe. And if you want to learn more about the behind-the-scenes of putting together an exhibition, watch the video below.

The following is a collection of the images I took while in the exhibition.


Till next time!
DFTBA (Don’t forget to be Awesome)

Feature image: Cupid Frieze, House of the Vettii, Pompeii. Photo © M.Violanti