Life and death
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Explore the cities
Explore life and death in the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum using streetmaps of the areas, with key objects featured in the exhibition plotted on the maps.
As well as information and zoomable images of the objects, the app also includes curatorial insights into what life was like in these two different cities. The themes include: urban context, commerce, religion and beliefs, wealth and status, grooming and adornment, relaxation, entertainment, and food and drink.
Each of the eight themes has an exclusive video introduction by the exhibition curator, Paul Roberts.
Objects in detail
Get up close to the objects with zoomable, high resolution images and see the objects in fascinating detail as well as audio commentaries from a range of historians.
Experts in Roman history, including Mary Beard and Andrew Wallace-Hadrill from Cambridge University and Amanda Claridge, Professor of Roman Archaeology at Royal Holloway, share their insights and shed light on what life was like in Roman cities.
Based on an artist’s impression of a typical street in both Pompeii and Herculaneum, shift between the two cities as time progresses.
Specially recorded excerpts from the first-hand account of Pliny the Younger, who witnessed the eruption, provide the narrative in an immersive soundscape that brings the animation to life and illustrates how the two cities and their inhabitants met their end.
Use the timeline to see the devastating progress of Vesuvius in the 24 hours of the eruption. Touch on information points within the eruption to find out more about what was happening in the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Centuries after the eruption in AD 79, the cities were found – Herculaneum in 1709 and Pompeii some years later in 1748. Explore the re-discovery and excavation of the two cities, recent archaeology and what the experts think might yet still be discovered.
Now, almost 2,000 years after the eruption, the British Museum presents its first major exhibition on Pompeii and Herculaneum – find out more about the work behind the scenes in London.