Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum HD Review

Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum HD Review

Explore the infamous eruption of Vesuvius via this interactive experience for iPad

As the rather long-winded, academic title Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculanium HD suggests, this app was developed by the British Museum. Its release coincided with the opening of their major exhibition on life in the Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii, which were famously destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The centre point of the app is the main map, from which users can watch an introduction video – a CGI reconstruction of the eruption complete with an eyewitness account as the voice over. It’s an impressive way to instantly engage users, and twig their interest of the event. From here, users can tap on different pins on the map, and enter subsections devoted to each. A sidebar of categories covers all of the major topics and characteristics of both towns, complete with videos on each topic, as well as the main text and images. Images can be made full screen with a tap, so users can examine 250 artefacts in more detail.

In addition to documenting the day-to-day of Roman life, the app also captures the aftermath of the catastrophe. This includes the excavation of the two cities and recent archaeology. Although this app was clearly released as part promotional tool for the British Museum and its exhibition, there is more than enough content for this app to be appreciated on its own merit and without the trip to the museum. Any history fan will get plenty from downloading this app as it essentially brings the exhibition to you.

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Rated 4 out of 5

A very nice piece of historical exploration brought to your device, without doing anything hugely pioneering.