In 79 AD Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing huge waves of volcanic ash over the Bay of Naples. One of Rome’s greatest writers and scientists, Pliny the Elder, was stationed across the water from Pompeii at Misenum. Not just a great scholar – he was the military commander of Misenum’s strategic naval base. He ordered a fleet of warships to rescue as many people as possible from the doomed city.
So began one of the first recorded rescues by sea of civilians by a military force. Discover the untold story of Pompeii in this world-class exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum, featuring an extraordinary collection of over 100 objects, including haunting body casts.

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