Tuesday, 30 July 2013

A little bronze faun and a face

Italy, Pompeii, the ancient city covered by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was because of me that we made the side trip here and the only reason I wanted to go was because I knew something about it and it sounded cool. So off we went armed with 4 litres of waters and umbrellas to keep out the sun. If you’re going anywhere in Italy in Summer, you want water, and lots of it. There were several things I wanted to see but there was one thing in particular, this; The House of the Faun, named after the bronze faun that was found in it. The one that resides in it now is only a replica, I think the real one might be in Turkey. But something about it’s delicate way enchanted me. There was such a delicacy to it, it’s by no means a big statue, and it just seems to hold itself, like it’s doing it for a reason and in any minute it will come to life and continue its task. The House of the Faun also holds the Alexander mosaic, though again a replica. There’s a considerable chunk missing from it and it only makes you wonder what beautiful pieces were meant to be in that place. But what you can see is Alexander the Great’s face, his face that seems to hold little fear as he bravely faces King Darius of Persia. Such a charming house, it makes you wonder what it was really like.

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