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January 22, 2022

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Pompeii comes to Toronto

Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano at the Royal Ontario Museum

The Canadian premiere of Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano is on now through January 3 at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. The exhibit features 200 items from the ancient Roman city in southern Italy that was buried by ash and debris after the “dormant” Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79CE. The objects on show are arranged chronologically, from bustling city life before the eruption — Pompeii had an amphitheatre, a couple of theatres, and bars and businesses — to those dug out nearly 1700 years after the disaster. The city’s commercial life is seen through the coins and scales on view; domestic life through jewellery and dinnerware. There are even carbonized figs and olives on plates, and casts of those who perished. About 600,000 people live below Mount Vesuvius today; geologists and volcanologists agree that an explosion is overdue. Adults $28; students $25.50; kids 4-14 $20. tel: (416) 586-8000;

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