In the most comprehensive display of the relics of ancient Pompeii ever seen outside Italy, the "Pompei AD 79" exhibition is being staged in London, England.
GV EXTERIOR: Royal Academy, London, U.K., housing Pompeii exhibition.
CU PAN FROM: house of the Menander sign TO SVS model of building. (3 shots)
SV: bronze plaque, PAN TO statue of Lucius Mammius Maximus
CU PAN: painted Frieze from Hall of Mysteries.
SV: wall painting of Theseus, layer of the Minotaur.
CU PAN FROM: busts TO bronze fountain groups of two hounds attacking a boar.
CU: portrait of man and wife.
CU: marble head of Emperor Titus
CU: gold signet rings PAN TO gold, pearly and green plasma earring.
CU; gold snake armband.
CU: gold lamp with two nozzles.
SV: painting of Vesuvius erupting.
CU AND SCU: plaster cast of body of young woman (2 shots)
CU: plaster cast of watchdog.
CU: plaster cast of two marble reliefs showing scenes of earthquake of earthquake of AD 62.
CU: paining of skeletons in volcanic dust
LV PAN TO: model of house of the Menander.
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Background: In the most comprehensive display of the relics of ancient Pompeii ever seen outside Italy, the "Pompei AD 79" exhibition is being staged in London, England. One particular aspect of the exhibition is to present a cross-section of the art and craftsmanship of the buried city, as it stood at the moment when the clock of its history was dramatically stopped by the eruption of the volcano on Mount Vesuvius.
SYNOPSIS: The Royal Academy of Arts in London. Here Pompeii is back to life from the shadow of Vesuvius. The house of Menander, the famous Roman poet whose portrait was found on the wall of the garden, is one of the largest houses of Pompeii of the first century AD. It's state of preservation enable accurate reconstruction.
One of the few surviving bronze statues is that of Lucius Mammius Maximus, the city official.
Painted frieze from the Hall of Mysteries. It was a wealthy, suburban residence, built in the second century BC and used for recreation.
A fine example of portrait sculpture and a bronze fountain group of two hounds attacking a boar.
A painted portrait of a man and his wife, dressed in red tunic.
The head of the emperor Titus, in Greek marble.
Jewellery and some domestic utensils are among many other examples of the fine art and craftsmanship of Pompeii.
On the morning of August 24th AD79, Vesuvius erupted and buried the flourishing Roman provincial towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. They were to lie entombed for nearly seventeen centuries. Once, even their locations were lost. In 1709 some welldiggers, quite by chance, re-discovered the theatre at Herculaneum. But forty more years elapsed before Pompeii was found. How, nearly two thousands years later, Pompeii can be seen again.