Feb 15, 2016 2016-02-15
A good disaster story never fails to fascinate—and given that it actually happened, the story of Pompeii especially so. Buried and thus frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, the ancient Roman town of 11,000 has provided an object of great historical interest ever since its rediscovery in 1599. The ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, more than any other source, have provided historians with a window into just what life in that time and place was like. A Day in Pompeii, an exhibition held at the Melbourne (Australia) Museum in 2009, gave its more than 330,000 visitors a chance to experience Pompeii’s life even more vividly. The exhibition included a 3D theater installation that featured an animated video of the destruction of Pompeii. Watch it and you can see Pompeii brought back to life with computer-generated imagery—and then, in snapshots over the course of 48 hours, entombed by Vesuvius again.