Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More on Pompeii Neglect

The New York Times has published another article about the longstanding neglect of Pompeii that has received attention due to recent building collapses at the site. See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/arts/design/14pompeii.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

Meanwhile, cynical efforts to use the tragedy as a political club against the Berlusconi government have evidently failed; the Prime Minister has just narrowly prevailed in a no confidence vote. See http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/15/world/europe/15italy.html?ref=global-home

If anything, mixing up Pompeii's problems with politics does no good for the site. Neither does Italy's efforts to control anything and everything old badly rather than seeking achievable results to protect national treasures like Pompeii.

Addendum: Dorothy King (PhDiva) has also drawn attention to this insightful article about the problems plaguing Pompeii:

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