Photo Credit: Â© Mimmo Jodice
Are you traveling to Chicago over the next few months and looking for something interesting to do? How about visiting the Field Museum and checking out their new exhibit on Pompeii?
The cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in southern Italy, were buried in the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The story of what happened that day and why the two cities experienced different fates is told in this exhibit. Along with a variety of artifacts, you will learn what happened and why. Vesuvius has erupted 3 dozen times since 79 A.D. Today over 2 million people live in an area that could be affected by another eruption. Do we know if another eruption is coming? If you are interested in Ancient history, volcanoes, geology, archaeology or simply in a human story of a natural disaster (complete with human casts), you should see this exhibit.
The Field Museum has put together information about the exhibit on their web page at http://www.fieldmuseum.org/pompeii. The Todd Library also has some resources you may want to see before or after your visit to the museum. Check it out!
Pompeii ed. By Filippo Coarelli DG70.P7P66 2002
Pompeii: public and private life by Paul Zanker DG70.P7 Z3613 1998
Rome and Pompeii (video) DG63.L5 1994
AD79: one day in time (video) DG70.P7 1979
Last days of Pompeii by Edward B. Lytton PR4912.L998 L2
Volcanoes in human history by J.Z. de Boer and D.T. Sanders QE522.B637 2002
Melting the earth:history of ideas on volcanic eruptions by Sigurdsson QE522.S5481 1999
Furious earth by Prager QE534.2.P73 2000
Why the earth quakes by Levy and Salvadori QE522.L48 1995
â€œConsumed by the Volcanoâ€™s fiery wrathâ€ by Pringle. Discover Nov2005 p. 73
â€œPompeii in North Americaâ€ by Holden. Archaeology Sep/Oct2005 p.55
â€œPompeiiâ€™s burial not its first disasterâ€ Science news 11/27/04 p.350
â€œPompeiiâ€™s ruins rise to tell tale of horrorâ€ Chicago Tribune 10/18/05
â€œVisiting â€˜Pompeiiâ€™ and finding clues to disasterâ€ Chicago Tribune 10/20/05