Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

A reminder that the British Museum’s Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition, which I’m pretty sure all of us are going to want to go see, just opened today:

Telling the human story of Pompeii and Herculaneum

As the self-appointed ResGerendae museum reviewer, I will certainly be visiting in the near future and sharing my thoughts, so watch this space!

Beware the Ides of March!

To celebrate this glorious/inauspicious day (depending on your Roman political stance), some wonderful Victorian and early-20th-century advertisments for how to avoid ending up like Julius Caesar from the British Newspaper Archive:

http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2013/03/15/the-ides-of-march-and-scotch-whisky/

http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2013/03/15/the-ides-of-march-history-and-protective-measures/

If only Caesar had had some Scotch whisky with him, history would have been very different.

La Mort de César (ca. 1859–1867) by Jean-Léon Gérôme
(from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Julius_Caesar)