This ancient Roman city was something of a southern Italian paradise. Fertile lands and plentiful oceans provided a steady stream of wine, olive oil and seafood in such generous quantities, that the city could export its gourmet products across the Roman Empire. Material evidence of this prosperity has been preserved under layers of ash. From the remnants of dining rooms to food carbonised during the volcanic eruption in AD 79, around 300 artefacts, many of them never before seen outside of Italy, have been gathered together to explore the role that food played in Roman culture.
Highlights of the exhibition include a reconstruction of a Pompeian dining room with frescoes from one of the city’s most opulent villas. Lavish furnishings will be recreated, along with a four-foot statue of Apollo which functioned as a tray-bearer. One of the most astonishing exhibits will surely be the ‘resin lady’ of Oplontis, the cast of an aristocratic woman who almost certainly would have taken part in sumptuous banquets; dining and drinking in a reclined pose.
Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean says that the exhibition will offer ‘a delicious glimpse into the world of Pompeii and Roman Britain’ which will ‘help us make a connection with the people of the ancient world’.
|What||Last Supper in Pompeii, Ashmolean Museum|
|Where||Ashmolean, Beaumont St, Oxford, OX1 2PH | MAP|
25 Jul 19 – 12 Jan 20, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
|Website||Please click here for tickets and information|