Art

Last Supper in Pompeii

Art

Last Supper in Pompeii

Art

Last Supper in Pompeii

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Until 12 January 2020

The explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD buried the ancient city of Pompeii, the town of Herculaneum and the surrounding countryside in a thick carpet of volcanic ash. The product of this natural catastrophe is a substantial slice of ancient roman life, preserved beneath dust and debris – buildings, frescoes, artifacts and, notably, an unparalleled record of Roman feasting habits. With a generous selection of loans from Naples, Pompeii and Paestum, this unique exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum examines not just what Pompeiians ate, but also how they ate and even whereabouts in the empire it was sourced from. Come to discover the true extent of the ancient Roman appetite.

Cockerel © Parco Archeologico di Pompeii

Rhyton © Parco Archeologico di Pompeii

Fish © Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

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