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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: As a summer student, I am unable to plan any long trips abroad but I really wish to explore some ancient civilizations. Do you know if there are any interesting displays or exhibits that show some rare collections? I can only really take a bus or fly if the fare isnít too expensive.

A: If you canít go abroad, why not stick to this side of the pond? This summer, the Canadian Museum of Civilization has unveiled a fascinating exhibition that explores the ancient world of Pompeii. This vibrant Mediterranean port city met its fateful day on August 24, 79AD. Thatís when the sky turned black on a sunny afternoon as Mount Vesuvius erupted.

The city lay buried for more than 17 centuries and it was only in 1748 when archeologists first rediscovered it. Today, visitors marvel at the exposed ruins of Pompeii, walking through the ancient buildings such as the Arcaded Court of the Gladiators, Odeon Theatre, Forum and countless homes. While many flock to the old Roman city every year, you can immerse yourself in all things Pompeii related at this temporary exhibition now on in Gatineau until September 12th.

Some of the highlights include jewellery, frescoes, statues, ordinary objects including eery plaster casts of the bodies of victims whose lives ended when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The museum recommends purchasing advance tickets. Prices for the museum and Pompeii are $15 for Adults, $11 for students.

For other information or advanced ticket purchase call: (819) 776-7000 or 1 800 555-5621 or visit www.civilization.ca.


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