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On 'life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum', British Museum

Firstly, there are some knock out pieces on display. Anyone who's ever looked through a library or bookshop reference section on Classical culture will recognise the fresco of Terentius Neo and his wife (which goes by several other monikers, of course), as it seemingly graces the cover of every other book on Pompeii, Roman life, Classical scholasticism and so on. It even adorns the front and back of the BM's companion catalogue. Several other frescoes will be very familiar, and its great to see them in the flesh. There are carbonised wooden furniture and food stuffs from Herculaneum, unique to site due to the unfortunate circumstances of its destruction, as are the incredibly moving resin casts of the body voids left by its human victims, man, woman, child and canine. Some of the more titilating pieces is how are great too, as they have previously been absent from the public mindscale of exhibition in the UK.  The museology and exhibition-craft sadly does not fulfil the promise