Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadow

February 10, 2017 at 9:50 am 8 comments

Dancing Satyr

Location: Pompeii, Italy
 
The Dancing Satyr is a bronze statue that was found at a house in Pompeii during its excavation in 1830. Pompeii was a thriving, lively city of about 15,000 when it was destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Like other ancient ruins, Pompeii is a shadow of its former self. But unlike the others, it offers a glimpse of an old Roman city as it has never seen before. Buried under tons of ash, it lay mostly intact for centuries with its remains preserved and protected from the elements.

Pompeii has since become one of the most popular tourist spots in Italy.

Pompeii Pompeii
Pompeii Pompeii
Pompeii Pompeii

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Although most of its significant art, mosaics, and other artifacts have been moved to the Naples National Archaeological Museum, it’s still worth a visit. As you walk around the place, with some imagination, every step you take is an invitation to share in a world that has long vanished.

As I marveled at the ruins of Pompeii, the local guide commented that it hasn’t been fully excavated to ensure that there would be something left for future generations to discover. What a splendid idea!

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