ARTH XC Pompeii

ARTH XC Pompeii - We know, because of objects like this,...

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Judd Andrews ARTH 110 Peters Extra Credit Due 12/21/07 Review of The Science Museum of Minnesota: A Day in Pompeii In my visit to the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit of A Day in Pompeii , I was astonished by various aspects of the display. First, the advanced society in which the people of the ancient civilization of Pompeii lived was quite impressive; especially the fast food system that they used! I never would have thought that a McDonald’s style system was ever implemented 2 millenniums ago! Among the selections of art exhibited at the Pompeii exhibit, I would have to say that the bronze “Hand of Sabazius” sculpture was the most impacting to me due to the power it was said to have held. It was symbolic for the people of Pompeii as the god of fertility and was responsible for protecting women during pregnancy and childbirth. Aside from the power of this statue, this piece of art also gives us a slight indication of how life in Pompeii might have been.
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Unformatted text preview: We know, because of objects like this, not only that this was a culture that appreciated art, but also that they had an understanding of a life beyond the one in which they exist; a life of spirits and Gods to look over and protect them. Moving onto the artifacts, I was torn in my decision due to the emotionally-moving discovered people coated in dust and rock formed from the molten lava that engulfed their city, destroyed their civilization, but preserved their belongings for us to look back at now and investigate. However, I chose the carbonized-loaf of bread as my most intriguing artifact for two reasons: first, Im shocked that this was able to be recovered; however, what I am more interested in is the horrific, frenzied scene that this artifact implies. People were in a frantic stupor with no idea what to do as the wrath of Mount Vesuvius took their lives, and beyond their fascinating life, the story of their demise is indeed captivating....
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