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Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Forum and Homes of Pompeii

The Pompeii forum, although in ruins, stands majestically and preserves enough architectural suggestions that the mind's eye can easily leap into what it once looked like. And the decoration of the Roman homes! Romans must have had armies of painters to adorn all their walls and structures.

How can you experience such incredible places without your story brain cells flying in hyperdrive?! Peeking inside Pompeii structures evoked the anecdote I once heard of Dick Tracy's creator, Chester Gould, telling another comic artist as their plane flew by New York City: "Behind every one of these windows, there's a story!" Well, in Pompeii, the creative mind sings, "every home, every room holds within its fractured walls stories of lives, joys and tragedies of humanity."

I'll let photos speak for themselves (click on the thumbnails below to see larger versions of the photos).

Thumbnails of 16 photos of the Pompeii forum, homes, paintings, and human casts

Forum View South
Forum View North East
Forum Temple
Forum two tier columns

Public Baths Entrance
Painted Walls in Public Building and Cast Bodies
Praying Cast surrounded by Amphoras

House of Poor with Balcony
Mosaics on Entrance Floor and throughout Atrium area
Elaborately Painted Walls Inside a Pompeii Villa
Painting of a Person in a Herculaneum House


Blogger Felix Lim said...

very inspiring sir!

1/4/07, 1:37 AM  
Blogger Dik Pose said...


1/9/07, 2:07 PM  
Blogger Flickering Light Bulb said...

Those are some amazing pictures Christian! Mt. Vesuvius as a backdrop is really cool, and the bodies of ash are rather creepy.

1/24/07, 5:24 PM  

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