The Roman cty of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Pompeii was essentially forgotten by the world for 1700 years until rediscovered in 1748. This marvelous place is loaded with artifacts, of course, but maybe the most artistic are its many frescoes which cover the interior walls of businesses, homes and brothels.
Freeborn women in ancient Rome were citizens (cives), but could not vote or hold political office. While Roman women held no direct political power, those from wealthy or powerful families could and did exert influence through private negotiations. Exceptional women who left an undeniable mark on history range from the semi-legendary Lucretia and Claudia Quinta, whose stories took on mythic significance.
Pompeii exhibition: 50 shades of Pompeii? Discoveries of erotic paintings and artefacts have given the cities a distinctly racy reputation. But is this deserved, asks Joanne Berry ahead of the 'Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum' exhibition at the British Museum