Noblewoman, ca. 150 C.E. Encaustic on wood, 17 5/16 x 11 5/16 x 1/8 in. (44 x 28.7 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson

Noblewoman, ca. 150 C.E. Encaustic on wood, 17 5/16 x 11 5/16 x 1/8 in. (44 x 28.7 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson

An ancient Roman town which, like Pompeii, was destroyed and buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Herculaneum was buried under a pyroclastic flow from the eruption and disappeared from history along with Pompeii, and also Stabiae and Oplontis. This was one of the first sights where we could study the skeletal remains of Roman people as normally the dead were cremated.

An ancient Roman town which, like Pompeii, was destroyed and buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Herculaneum was buried under a pyroclastic flow from the eruption and disappeared from history along with Pompeii, and also Stabiae and Oplontis. This was one of the first sights where we could study the skeletal remains of Roman people as normally the dead were cremated.

Woman Pouring Perfume into a Phial (fresco). Roman, (1st century AD) / Museo Nazionale, Rome, Italy / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library

Woman Pouring Perfume into a Phial (fresco). Roman, (1st century AD) / Museo Nazionale, Rome, Italy / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library

*POMPEII, ITALY ~  Bacchanalian Nymph fresco, House of Ara Maxima. 1st c. AD. The Bridgeman Art Library

*POMPEII, ITALY ~ Bacchanalian Nymph fresco, House of Ara Maxima. 1st c. AD. The Bridgeman Art Library

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