Leisure & Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii
- Saturday, June 18, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016
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More than 2,000 years ago, many of Rome’s wealthiest citizens lived and played on the shores of the Bay of Naples at Pompeii and in luxury villas nearby at Oplontis. One of the most opulent of these villas was rumored to be the summer home of Emperor Nero’s second wife, Poppaea.
In 79 AD, falling ash and pyroclastic flows from Mount Vesuvius’ catastrophic eruption buried dining rooms that had once seated more than a hundred people, private chambers adorned with spectacular frescos, and marble columns resting on mosaic floors. Preserved next door were wine and oil-filled amphorae, a strong-box with coins, and people hiding in a barrel-vaulted storage room, waiting for a rescue that never came.
Dr. Regina Gee, Associate Professor of Art History at Montana State University and Adjunct Curator of Art History at MOR, is an expert on frescos and one of three researchers working on the archaeological excavation of Oplontis. Not long ago, she and her research colleagues received permission from the Superintenza to organize an exhibit of artifacts from the site to travel to the United States.
Now Museum of the Rockies is one of only three museums in the U.S. to host this stirring exhibit of antiquities that have never left Italy before. Join us, and experience for yourself the artifacts of leisure and luxury that are all that remain of Oplontis.
Included with Museum Admission