Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) was unusually busy last Saturday as hundreds made their way down to the new exhibition, Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano. More than 200 objects are on display. Pompeii dynamic life before the ancient Roman city was buried under volcanic ash about 1,600 years ago.
The story of Pompeii has fascinated generations of school children and adults. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Pompeii was a bustling city
was buried under ash and debris in 79 AD from Mount Vesuvius. About 1,600 years later, archaeological excavations discovered the buried city remained nearly intact.
The exhibition boasts more than 200 objects “suspended in time,” like a guard dog that was found still chained to its post dishes containing carbonized figs and olives from a meal that was about to be eaten and other jewelry and priceless objects that give visitors an idea of what life was like before disaster struck.
There were dozens of South Asians, many with their children who were at the exhibition. One of them of Rajini from Richmond Hill. “We are members of this place. My children (11 and 9) have read books on Pompeii and they were most interested in coming to the exhibition on the first day itself. It is very educational for young children,” she said.
The exhibition will run until January 3, 2016, and will travel to Montreal after its Toronto run ends. It is highly recommended for anyone with children.