Wednesday, January 21

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, the punk perspective

This past Christmas, we decided to stop for a few days in Napoli. While there we visited Pompeii and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli where most of the artifacts from Pompeii are now exhibited. My little trick for prolonging the attention spans of 7 and 5 year old punks when touring archeological museums is to give them the camera. This is the punk-eye view of our tour of the museum...

We start with the bronzes from the Villa of the Papyri. This was a villa outside of Pompeii, closer to Mt. Vesuvius and was owned by Julius Caesar's father-in-law (don't worry, that's the end of the history lesson).

As I brought up in my aged post, while looking at these statues I keep thinking that these are from 2000 years ago... look at the faces the punks captured! When I try to imagine the year 4000 it seems impossible, but look how little the expressions have changed in the last 2000 years... (another game we play is coming up with things the statues might be saying... feel free to suggest your own thoughts)

(1) hair guy

(2) woman looking forward

(3) man looking right

(4) woman looking right

(5) man looking left

(6) man without top

Then, incredibly, a perfect replica of myself!

And one of hubby too!

This is stunning... an image of wind in stone.

I love this... looks remarkably like a pair of Tevas!

And finally... naked bull wrestling... things never change.

The End


  1. First of all, i quite like the trick. The camera trick will work. I wonder why i didnt think of that before !!

    The second : I would rather not say anything that i will regret on hindsight !!! :)

    Perhaps i will restrict it to saying 'Wonderful'. And that was for the entire series !!

  2. Tevas look a lot more exciting now than they did back when I bought a pair...

  3. Lucky you! I'd love more of the history lesson, serious:)

    And the punks, wow, they did a great job with the pics. Why the heck did I not think about it?!

    Thanks a trillion for the honor!

  4. Anonymous12:53 PM

    very cool!

  5. That was awesome. I can't wait to bring my kids to Rome and show them the ruins and them the Panteon.... it will blow their minds. And mine, when they complain of being bored, probably!

  6. That is the beauty of digital cameras... they took over 200 photos. There are lots of blurry and a few of thumb and Mom's butt not to mention statuesque penises and boobs galore... maybe I should do a second feature.

    As for history, many of the stone sculptures come from villas in Rome, but also from the same period. Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and wasn't uncovered until the 1700s, although at the site, there was some mention of inhabitants shortly after the eruption on the outskirts of the town. If you want more precise information, I'd suggest starting with the wiki like I put in the post...

  7. Wonderful pictures! Thankyou. eerie.

  8. Awesome, I was right there with ya, and I'm totally getting those sandals now !!


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