Monday, November 27, 2006

In Stabiano

Apologies for the long hiatus here from my end. Can't promise that's going to change in the near future.

While I was home briefly during the Thanksgiving break, I had the chance to check out the exhibition In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite at the Toledo Museum of Art (it is a traveling exhibition currently on display there). In addition to material artifacts such as vessels and some papyrus fragments (including a snippet of Thucydides), 'In Stabiano' boasts some magnificent frescoes from several villas in ancient Stabiae (destroyed, along with Herculaneum and Pompeii, in the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79). If anyone is in the Toledo area, or in the vicinity of the other museums whither the exhibition will travel after departing thence, you might really enjoy checking it out.

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