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How to experience Pompeii, Italy, right now

The Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition was a blockbuster when it opened at the British Museum in the summer of 2013. Now Pompeii Live (britishmuseum.org/pompeii-live) offers a private view of this wonderful show.

Now streaming online, its viewers can travel to southern Italy close to 2000 years ago to meet the men and women who lived in these two small towns, and learn the terrible story of how they died in the cataclysmic eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD79.

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The hosts are some of the world’s greatest Roman scholars, including the passionate Mary Beard, professor of Classics at Cambridge University, and a favourite of British history television, and they bring the story to life through the extraordinary objects that were left behind – paintings, jewellery, and even the contents of the sewers.

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