Last Supper in Pompeii
To complement their study of Pompeii, Year 5 visited the Ashmolean Museum in Michaelmas term. The boys were able to come face to face with objects they had read about and to enhance their understanding of daily life in the ancient world. Ashwin writes:
On the last Wednesday of term, a sunny but cold December afternoon, we went to the Ashmolean Museum to see the ‘Last Supper in Pompeii’ exhibition with Mrs Brown, Mrs Hess and Mr Hanson: it was a fantastic trip! The exhibition was divided up into different rooms: it started with a statue of the god Dionysus, a god of feasting and wine, and then took us through different areas of a Roman house. The final room was all about Roman Britain. Among the objects collected and restored were: paintings of food and the Roman diet, statues and sculptures, and even bottles of Garum (Roman fish sauce), which had very interesting and detailed patterns on them. We filled in a worksheet as we walked around and had to find various objects in the display cases. In one room, I saw carbonised bread, which, amazingly, survived from someone’s meal in Pompeii. I also saw oxidised coins, which had turned greeny-blue, and a complete set of cutlery. There was also an opportunity to enter a competition to design a Roman meal; I entered a dish of stuffed dormice – a Roman favourite! We had a lot of fun on the trip overall and were lucky to see so many fascinating items.