The industrial city of Pompeii and the wealthier seaside town of Herculaneum were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. In the face of such death, this show celebrates the lives of the inhabitants, through miraculously preserved artefacts.
Forget the emperors, gladiators and legionaries, the British Museum has brought together 250 objects that allow us to get closer to the professional class, the slaves, children and powerful women.
Twenty of the works come from the museum's collections, and the rest are the result of a close collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompeii. Many have never before been seen outside Italy.