Saturday, February 15, 2014

Documentary Review: Pompeii: Back from the Dead (2012)

This movie is a documentary with historical reenactment, which depicts the final days of Pompeii based on archaeological information and excavation.  It is written and directed by Paul Elston and was presented on Discovery Channel.  The interesting thing about this presentation is the discovery of 74 bodies from a cellar.  It is assumed they took refuge, but later succumbed to the lack of air.  One interesting not is that this group of bones were segregated based on class.  The master was a merchant, who likely make considerable money in the merchant trade.  The other bones are likely those of his slaves and servants.  However is wife is there, and she pregnant, which is probably why they didn't flee the island.  From the excrement they found in Pompeii, they could examine local diet.
Another thing I didn't know, Pompeii was not the only city destroyed by the volcano.  Also Herculanean was destroyed. 
Another, there was warning with tremors and other activity before the big blast.  About half of the residents had left, but many also stayed.

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