Ancient Rome

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Pompeii is the little Roman town that became a byword for sudden, violent death. A new exhibition at the British Museum -- which opens Thursday and runs to Sept. 29 -- wants it to be equally famous for raucous, exuberant.

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March 26, 2013: Casts of a family of two adults and two children who died together in an alcove in Pompeii, made by filling plaster in the void left by their bodies.
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March 26, 2013: Visitors walks past marble sculptures of stags being attacked by hunting dogs, found in the ruins of ancient Roman town of Herculaneum.
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March 26, 2013: A woman looks at a statue of Empress Livia, right, found in the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum, and one of priestess Eumachia, left, found in Pompeii.
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March 26, 2013: A cast of a dog that was made by filling plaster in the void left by its body, found in Pompeii among artifacts from in the destroyed city.
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March 26, 2013: A cast of a man who died in Pompeii, made by filling plaster in the void left by his body, is seen during a photo call for the upcoming exhibition entitled 'Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum', at the British Museum in central London.
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March 26, 2013: Jewellery found in the ruins of a house in Pompeii are displayed, backdropped by the casts of a family of two adults and two children who died together in the house in Pompeii.
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March 26, 2013: A cast of a woman, one of more than 70 people who died in the basement of a villa in Oplontis, near Pompeii, is seen during a photo call for the upcoming exhibition entitled 'Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum', at the British Museum in central London.
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March 26, 2013: A fresco showing the baker Terentius Neo and his wife, found in the ruins of Pompeii, is seen during a photo call for the upcoming exhibition entitled 'Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum.
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Pompeii is the little Roman town that became a byword for sudden, violent death. A new exhibition at the British Museum -- which opens Thursday and runs to Sept. 29 -- wants it to be equally famous for raucous, exuberant.

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