The Lost City of Pompeii

What: This week, Mumbaikars will get a crash course in history as a special movie screening will showcase the ancient artefacts (dating back to AD 79) which were recovered from the Italian cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, that were submerged by a volcanic eruption. Thanks to a collaboration between the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and London’s British Museum, there will be a screening of the film, Pompeii Live -- Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, which is based on the exhibition, held at the British Museum. An exhibition on the Indus Valley Civilisation, curated by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, will also be open to the public.

A marble wall relief of Bacchus and followers (1st century AD)

A carbonised wooden cradle, from Herculaneum (1st century AD)

A gold bracelet in the form of a coiled snake, which dates back to the 1st century AD, discovered from Pompeii

How: The cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were located on the Bay of Naples in southern Italy. In AD 79, within a span of just 24 hours, the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius led to the cities being buried. Around 1,700 years later, archeologists excavated the casts of people and animals, and other paraphernalia, which offer an insight into Roman life. Herculaneum was a small seaside town whereas Pompeii was an industrial hub. The exhibition at the British Museum showcased the manifold treasures recovered. The video, based on the exhibition, is introduced by British Museum director Neil MacGregor and guides the audience around exhibits such as a golden bracelet, a wooden cradle that still rocks, wall paintings and casts of some of the victims, including a family and the display of a dog. The video also features expert comments, poetry and music.

A wall painting showing a man reclining to drink (1st century AD)

A wall painting of baker Terentius Neo and his wife (AD 50–79)

Where: The film screening and a talk featuring curator Paul Roberts and archaeologist Shereen Ratnagar will be held at Godrej Dance Theatre (6.30 pm). The exhibition on the Indus Valley Civilisation will be at Piramal Art Gallery. 

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