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Naples Archaeological Museum

In January of 2009, I took my mother to visit the archaeological museum in Naples, Italy. It was to be my last visit there before we moved back home to the U.S.

I've included here a few highlights from the trip. Most of these are from the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Dania says:

Nice set! I would love to go there.

28th Jul 2010, 23:33

Caine says:

Beautiful! I would love to visit too.

28th Jul 2010, 23:54

AngelKaida says:

Katbird, not only does your page look great, I absolutely love these shots! I'm going to fave a couple. I'm a classical civ B.A., and visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum is like my fondest dream right now. Did you happen to see the Villa of the Mysteries?

29th Jul 2010, 00:08

Katbird says:

Thanks, Caine & Dania.

@AngelKaida: You know, I went to Pompeii the day we arrived, and went to the villa. But we went without a tour guide or map, and I never saw the murals. I always meant to go back to the villa, but each time I visited the ruins, I was in a different part of the city.

There are so many interesting places to see, besides the two ruined cities. In modern Torre Annunziata, just outside of Naples, is the villa of Poppaea, who was Emperor Nero's wife. It, too, was destroyed in the eruption, and it is a fascinating site.

I wish this blog let me comment on the individual photos.

29th Jul 2010, 04:05

Katbird says:

OK, the top three images are statues that were recovered from Herculaneum. The woman's bust was found in the villa of the Papyri and is titled "Sappho".

The second image is a pair of runners, also from the villa of the papyri. We saw copies of these two boys at Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Bavaria's palace in Corfu, Greece.

The third bust is from the same villa and is titled Dionysus-Plato.

29th Jul 2010, 04:09

Katbird says:

The mosaic is a close-up of a pillar from one of the villas in Pompeii. I'd have to look up the specific one.

The next two photos were part of a special exhibit commemorating the anniversary of the excavation of Herculaneum. These were actual skeletons removed intact from the boathouses along the water.

29th Jul 2010, 04:13

Katbird says:

The two teeth were excavated on the island of Capri.

The upper one is a molar from the Straight-tusked elephant that inhabited Europe during the mid to late Pleistocene.

The second molar belongs to a mammoth (M. chosaricus).

29th Jul 2010, 04:23

Katbird says:

The final two pictures are of glass bottles from Pompeii. I thought it was striking to see the way they had melted.

29th Jul 2010, 04:24