To welcome us back from Spring Break, student Jesse Costley shows us how to explore world archaeology from the comfort of our armchairs. He visits the National Archaeological Museum of Naples website and views the exhibits.
Artifacts presented in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples
When visiting the National Archaeological Museum of Naples website, the main focus is the large amount of ancient Roman and Greek artifacts. Out of the two, the Roman artifacts are, to me, the more interesting as there are artifacts from nearby Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum. The museum also has an Egyptian section along with the Greek and Roman sections. The main artifacts that the museum presents are mosaics, marbles, and ceramics. Most of the mosaics in the collection were collected from Pompeii and other neighboring Vesuvian cities. The mosaics were able to be recovered after the volcanic eruption covering the city in 79 AD.
A specific artifact that I thought was interesting was the mosaic titled Battle of Issus between Alexander and Darius III. This artifact was one of the largest mosaics found in Pompeii. The mosaic depicts the battle of Issus between Alexander the Great and Darius III in 333 BC. The battle marked the end of the Persian Empire.
Another mosaic that I found interesting was one titled Portrait of a woman. The mosaic was found in Pompeii and depicts a woman of high class during the time of 1-49 AD. The features of the woman depicted were realistic as it showed the woman having wrinkles and bags under her eyes.
Another artifact that I found interesting was the Doryphoros sculpture that was found at via delle Scuole. I found this interesting because it reminded me of the classical Roman/Greek statues that everyone pictures when they are told about a sculpture.
From the mosaics to the sculptures, researching the origins of these artifacts was great. I really enjoyed looking through all of the exhibits via the National Archaeological Museum of Naples website. The research gave me great insight on the culture and ideals held during the time. The artifacts also told me how advanced Greeks and Romans were for their time. After this assignment I have new outlook on mosaics and sculptures and look forward to visiting more museums.
Museo Archeologico Nazionale Di Napoli, http://www.museoarcheologiconapoli.it/it/