Pompeii and the Greeks
Pompeii Excavations, Large Palaestra, Italy
14th April – 27th November 2017
Pompeii and the Greeks (Pompei ei Greci) exhibition tells the stories of a meeting: starting with an Italian city, Pompeii, and examining its frequent contact with the Greek Mediterranean. By tracing craftsmen, architects, decorative styles and focusing on precious imported objects yet also Greek graffiti inscriptions on the city walls, the exhibition sheds light on the many diverse souls of an ancient city, and its temporary and unstable identity.
Over 600 finds are exhibited, including ceramics, ornaments, weapons, architectural elements, sculptures from Pompeii, Stabiae, Sorrento, Cumae, Capua, Poseidonia, Metapontum, Torre di Satriano and even inscriptions in their diverse spoken languages (Greek, Etruscan, and Paleoitalic), silverware and Greek sculptures reproduced in the Roman age. The exhibition is borne of both a scientific investigation and ongoing research which has for the first time shed light upon unknown elements of Pompeii; the objects, hailing from major national and European museums, are divided into 13 thematic sections and reinterpret places and monuments of the Vesuvian city with their own “biographies”, at a site which has ever been under the public gaze.
Pompeii and the Greeks illustrates to the general public the charm of a non-linear and multi-central historical narrative, composed of multiple and contradictory identities, as well as of layered languages which were consciously reused: the story of the Mediterranean. A narrative which indeed suggests and invites a comparison with and reflection on contemporary times, with its dynamism indicted by migrations and conflicts, meetings and clashes of culture.
The exhibition of Pompeii is the first stage of an exhibition program which is being carried out jointly with the Archaeological Museum of Naples: here, in June, an exhibition dedicated to Greek myths in Pompeii and in the Roman world will be inaugurated, on the theme of Metamorphoses.