For most readers of this journal or the general public with an interest in antiquity, visiting the ravaged ruins of popular ancient sites such as Pompeii, Stabiae, or Herculaneum may be somewhat disappointing. For the architecturally inclined, the urban remains of Pompeii with paved roads, public colonnades and blocks of houses are impressive, but by and large, they still require the power of imagination and no inconsiderable knowledge to restore the settings with crisp and colorful art work. Of course at least some sense of this perfection can be enjoyed if one is able to visit the scores of museums across the world where the better-preserved paintings, furniture, and other artistic and everyday objects, pried loose from their architectural contexts (and often restored), are put on exhibition. Visiting Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples...

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