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Pompeii's Daily Life on Display in London

Posted: Apr. 17th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Everyone knows the tragic story of the city of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius, but not many have looked beyond what they learned in high school, even though a lot of the culture and lifestyle in the Roman city are utterly fascinating to explore. London currently has a great exhibit going on that everyone should check out to learn more on Pompeii, which might already be happening considering advance ticket sales were higher than they've been in five years to the British Museum. 

An exhibition showing daily life and tragic death in the ill-fated Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum opened in London on Thursday to glowing reviews and the highest advance tickets sales at the British Museum in five years.

Over 450 objects, many of which haven't been seen outside Italy, are arranged to show everyday life in the Roman Empire before Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79, burying the two Southern Italian cities in volcanic ash.

Paul Roberts, senior curator at the British Museum, said the once bustling urban centers had been brought back to life by items such as bread left in a baker's oven and a baby's crib.

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