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Old Nov 6, 2010, 04:03 PM   #1
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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.

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Old Nov 6, 2010, 07:47 PM   #2
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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.



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Old Nov 6, 2010, 08:00 PM   #3
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This is awful. And really sad.
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Old Nov 7, 2010, 04:06 AM   #4
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and the furor grows

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/...i.html?_r=1&hp
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Old Nov 8, 2010, 05:24 AM   #5
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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.
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Old Nov 10, 2010, 06:30 PM   #6
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Mistake number 1, entrust government bureaucrats and politicians to properly maintain and preserve anything.
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I learned about this late; thanks for providing information and links about it. It is absolutely depressing in the extreme.
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And so it continues

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010...e.html?_r=1&hp
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