Roundel showing the portrait of a Roman couple

Pompeii Live

Running time: 88 minutes
Rating: 12A
Contains sexual references and swear words that may be unsuitable for some audiences, viewer discretion is advised.

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Take a special tour of our 2013 blockbuster exhibition 'Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum'.

First broadcast in cinemas, Pompeii Live transports you back to AD 79 to discover how life was transformed in just 24 hours, when these two cities in the Bay of Naples, southern Italy, were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 

Preserved under ash, the cities lay buried for just over 1,600 years, their rediscovery providing an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire. From the bustling street to the intimate spaces of a Roman home, this major exhibition takes you back once more to the heart of people’s lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Presenters Bettany Hughes and Peter Snow are joined by special guests including Neil MacGregor, Mary Beard, Rachel de Thame, Giorgio Locatelli, and exhibition curator Paul Roberts.

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum was sponsored by Goldman Sachs. The exhibition was a collaboration with Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei.

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