Humanities › History & Culture A Day in Pompeii Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture Ancient History and Culture Rome Figures & Events Ancient Languages Greece Egypt Asia Mythology & Religion American History African American History African History Asian History European History Genealogy Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By N.S. Gill Ancient History and Latin Expert M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota B.A., Latin, University of Minnesota N.S. Gill is a Latinist, writer, and teacher of ancient history and Latin. She has been featured by NPR and National Geographic for her ancient history expertise. our editorial process N.S. Gill Updated February 07, 2019 An exhibit of artifacts from the ancient Italian city of Pompeii, and therefore called A Day in Pompeii, is spending two years traveling to 4 U.S. cities. The exhibit includes more than 250 artifacts, including wall-sized frescoes, gold coins, jewelry, grave goods, marble, and bronze statuary. On August 24, 79 A.D., Mt. Vesuvius erupted, covering the nearby area, including the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, in volcanic ash and lava. There had been signs preceding it, like earthquakes, but most people were still there going about their daily lives until it was too late. Some lucky ones got out, since (the elder) Pliny put the military fleet into service for evacuation. A naturalist and curious, as well as a Roman official (a prefect), Pliny stayed too late and died helping others escape. His nephew, the younger Pliny wrote about this catastrophe and his uncle in his letters. Casts in A Day in Pompeii were taken of actual human and animal victims in their death positions. Pictures and their descriptions come from the Science Museum of Minnesota. 01 of 10 Cast of a Dog Ethan Lebovics The cast of a dog that died as a result of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. You can see a bronze studded collar. Archaeologists believe the dog was chained outside the House of Vesonius Primus, a Pompeiian fuller. 02 of 10 Pompeiian Garden Fresco Ethan Lebovics This fresco is broken into three sections, but once covered the back wall of the summer triclinium of the House of the Gold Bracelets in Pompeii. Photo and its description come from the Science Museum of Minnesota site. 03 of 10 Cast of a woman The Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali-Soprintendenza archaeologica de Pompei This body cast shows a young woman who died of suffocation from fumes and falling ash. There are imprints of her clothes on the upper part of her back, hips, stomach, and arms. 04 of 10 Hippolytus and Phaedra Fresco Ethan Lebovics The Athenian hero Theseus had many adventures. During one, he woos the Amazon queen Hippolyte and through her has a son named Hippolytus. In another adventure, Theseus kills King Minos' stepson, the Minotaur. Theseus later marries Minos' daughter Phaedra. Phaedra falls for her stepson Hippolytus, and when he rejects her advances, she tells her husband Theseus that Hippolytus raped her. Hippolytus dies as a result of Theseus' anger: Either Theseus directly kills his own son or he receives divine assistance. Phaedra then commits suicide. This is one example from Greek mythology of the saying "Hell hath no fury as a woman scorned." 05 of 10 Cast of a seated man Ethan Lebovics This cast is a man who sat against a wall with his knees up to his chest as he died. 06 of 10 Medallion Fresco Photo by Ethan Lebovics Pompeiian fresco of a young woman with an older woman behind her in a double frame of green leaves. 07 of 10 Aphrodite Statue owner: Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali-Soprintendenza archaeologica de Pompei A marble statue of Venus or Aphrodite that once stood in a villa garden in Pompeii. The statue is called Aphrodite, but it is possible that it should be named Venus. Although Venus and Aphrodite overlapped, Venus was a vegetation goddess for the Romans as well as a love and beauty goddess, like Aphrodite. 08 of 10 Bacchus \. Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali-Soprintendenza archaeologica de Pompei A bronze statuette of Bacchus. The eyes are ivory and a glass paste. Bacchus or Dionysus is one of the favorite gods because he is responsible for wine and wild fun. He also has a dark side. 09 of 10 Detail of Garden Column Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali-Soprintendenza archaeologica de Pompei This stone carving from the top of a garden column shows the Roman god Bacchus. There are two images of the god showing different aspects of his divinity. 10 of 10 Hand of Sabazius Ministero per i Beni e le Attivita Culturali-Soprintendenza archaeologica de Pompei A bronze sculpture that includes the vegetation god Sabazius. Sabazius is also associated with Dionysus/Bacchus.