Catalogue

Pompeji - Nola - Herculaneum
Katastrophen am Vesuv
(Ed.) Harald Meller and Jens-Arne Dickmann

available from 22.11.2011

Life in the shadow of Vesuvius has always been determined by the danger of natural disasters. Despite this, a fascinating cultural region developed and flourished here in Roman times. In the most famous eruption of Vesuvius, in AD 79, the life of the coastal towns Pompeii and Herculaneum was suddenly wiped out and they were buried completely under a metre-high layer of ash and pumice. This preserved for the future an immeasurably valuable treasure, unique in what it can reveal to us about the people and everyday life of the prehistoric and classical periods.

With dramatic reports and images of outstanding objects from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, the catalogue of the major Pompeii exhibition in Halle brings the buried cities back to life. Essays present a diachronic history of the natural disasters in a period of over 3000 years, alongside evidence of the construction of a bronze age hut, original Pompeian garden paintings, luxury furniture, the nearly life-size sculpture of a running athlete and exquisite marble statues, giving a glimpse into the everyday life of a world shaped by prosperity, but also by natural forces. The fascination of Pompeii and Herculaneum is unbroken: already in the 18th century it prompted an intense imaginative response, as revealed vividly in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz.

392 pages, ca. 250 colour illustrations
24.5 × 30 cm, bound
ISBN: 978-3-7774-3801-6

€29.90  (Museum Edition)

You can purchase the catalogue when you visit the State Museum or online in our  Museum Shop.