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Homo Faber: Nature, Science and Technology in Ancient Pompeii

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The exhibition reveals for the first time ever the extraordinary level of naturalistic, scientific and technical knowledge achieved in Pompeii and the Roman world on the eve of the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius. More than 400 archaeological findings from Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabia are on display. These artefacts belong to a great variety of types, such as working tools, objects of everyday use, agricultural implements, surgical instruments, hydraulic valves, and scales. Precious works of art – statues, frescoes, mosaics, ceramics – make the exhibition richer and give visitors an informative insight into the various fields of scientific and technical knowledge of that period. Working models of machines, virtual reconstructions and an aquarium integrate this interesting and didactically effective exhibition, which takes visitors into the suggestive world of the homo faber of Roman Antiquity.


Exhibition Dates

27.03.1999 – 18.07.1999 Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale
17.10.1999 – 09.01.2000 Los Angeles, County Museum of Art
  (Pompeii: Life in a Roman Town)
26.02.2000 – 28.05.2000 Munich, Deutsches Museum
  (Pompeji. Natur, Wissenschaft und Technik in einer römischen Stadt)
03.04.2001 – 22.07.2001 Paris, Palais de la Découverte
  (Pompéi: nature, sciences et techniques)
07.08.2001 – 28.10.2001 Tokyo, Edo-Tokyo Museum
  (Pompeii and Its Inhabitants)
09.11.2001 – 20.01.2002 Kobe, City Museum
  (Pompeii and Its Inhabitants)
08.02.2002 – 07.04.2002 Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Arts
  (Pompeii and Its Inhabitants)
16.04.2002 – 29.05.2002 Kagoshima, City Museum of Art
  (Pompeii and Its Inhabitants)
07.06.2002 – 21.07.2002 Shimane, Prefectural Museum
  (Pompeii and Its Inhabitants)