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vozmozhno Nov 6, 2010 04:03 PM

Ancient Pompeii gladiator house collapses
ROME — The 2,000-year-old "House of the Gladiators" in the ruins of ancient Pompeii collapsed on Saturday, officials said...

...Art historians and residents for years have complained that the archaeological sites at Pompeii, among the world's most important, were in a state of decay and needed better maintenance.

Opposition politicians quickly criticized the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, particularly Culture Minister Sandro Bondi, for allowing the site to degrade in recent years.

4to2centophilia Nov 6, 2010 07:47 PM

This really saddens me............and aggravates me. Over the years, I have read the reports of the neglect. I kept hoping that the reports would generate some effort to reverse the ambivalence of the Italian govt.

My frustrations are many, but when countries are crying that their heritage is being stolen by collectors, and the Italian govt neglects something as significant as Pompeii or Herculaneum, it stinks of hypocrisy.

They don't deserve the privilege of protecting civilizations history.

The Met should have kept it treasures.

I will feel far less guilty about my buying in the future.


Tirade now finished. :o

Flavus Nov 6, 2010 08:00 PM

This is awful. And really sad.

4to2centophilia Nov 7, 2010 04:06 AM

and the furor grows

paul1888 Nov 8, 2010 05:24 AM

What a shame
I suppose Italy needs to control the international trade of antiquities so that they can "take care" of them all. Why keep them in the private hands of a museum or private collector when they can be destroyed by a mismanaged government organization. Makes you question why they are so concerned about international trade in antiquities.

El Reye Nov 10, 2010 06:30 PM

Mistake number 1, entrust government bureaucrats and politicians to properly maintain and preserve anything.

pantheon Nov 11, 2010 06:35 AM

I learned about this late; thanks for providing information and links about it. It is absolutely depressing in the extreme.

4to2centophilia Dec 1, 2010 03:43 AM

And so it continues

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