Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Paestum? Damn Near Killed 'Em
Paestum is a ruin near Naples, Italy. It dates to the seventh century BC. It was founded as a Greek colony, originally named Poseidonia. It coasted pretty good for 1400 years or so, until it was abandoned. They started digging it up in the 1800s. It got a good going over from invaders from Hannibal to Hitler, but there are lots of stuff still standing.
The Università degli Studi di Salerno has made a neato computer reconstruction of Paestum, and joined it at the hip with a kind of perfection in music --Ancient Airs and Dances by Respighi. Of course, it only has 48 views on YouTube, because Justin Bieber isn't in it. But it's pretty good anyway.