Herculaneum, a story over time on display at the Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples

Herculaneum, a history over time at the Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples
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In the Institute for Philosophical Studies in Naples an exhibition on the rediscovery of Herculaneum, including excavations and historical documents

In the halls ofInstitute for Philosophical Studies of Naples, inside the Palazzo Serra di Cassano, an interesting exhibition has been set up dedicated to the rediscovery of the Roman city destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD and entitled "Herculaneum, a story in time". It falls within the scope of MAV on tour, an interactive and multimedia exhibition project on Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius.

The exposure will last from 7 October to 6 November 2015 and, with the help of precious volumes and historical documents, it will retrace the history of Herculaneum from the first archaeological excavations, passing through the discovery of the important papyri inside the Villa dei Pisoni.

It will be articulated in three sections that will guide the visitor on an interesting path that will make use of the support of the multimedia resources of the MAV, the Virtual Archaeological Museum of Ercolano, such as 3D reconstructions, multisensory effects, virtual books, holograms and synchronized multi-projections that will virtually reproduce the habits and customs of everyday life in the city.

Voices of Philosophers

The first section of the exhibition shows one selection of the philosophical works of the Institute for Philosophical Studies and offers classical volumes, both Greek and Latin, to introduce visitors to the cultural vivacity of Herculaneum at its maximum splendor. It will also be an opportunity to show the richness of the Institute's collections and, above all, the philosophical one dedicated to the great classical masters.

The rediscovery of Ercolano

Section divided in turn into two parts: “Places, cartography, landscape painting and Grand Tour” and “History of excavations from the 700s at the Royal Bourbon Museum”. The first subsection focuses on the stages of the findings that made Herculaneum one of the most important destinations of the Grand Tour of the '700. The second, through books and illustrations of the period, traces the chronology of archaeological excavations, from the first casual finds to the official ones initiated by Charles III of Bourbon.

The Villa dei Papiri

The last section of the exhibition focuses on Villa dei Pisoni in which were found the papyri that gave it its name. THE five points of finds they are indicated in the plan of the Villa and the exhibition ends with the manuscripts that contain the evidence on the conservation and publication of the scrolls that have been published over the centuries.

Information on Herculaneum, a history over time

When: from 7 October to 6 November 2015
Where: Institute for Philosophical Studies - Palazzo Serra di Cassano, via Monte di Dio 14
Timetables: Monday to Saturday from 11.00 to 17.30 (last entry to 17.00)
Ticket price: price quotation

  • Italian Institute for Philosophical Studies: 0817642652 | info@iisf.it
  • MAV: 08119806511 | info@museomav.it
  • Site of the Mav on Tour
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