Scope and Contents
Walter Ashlin Fairservis, AMNH archaeologist, served as consultant for this broadcast on Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried for seventeen centuries by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The entire city of Pompeii is reproduced for this program in a realistic model. Films of the eruption of a volcano and strengths and weaknesses of Roman life help portray the events which led to the fall of the Roman Empire. Sins of Pompeii is the title of the film that depicts the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii. Actors play Cicero, Virgil, Lucretius, Pliny, and Petronius.
- American Museum of Natural History (Organization)
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Conditions Governing Access
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1 Film Reel (30 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 16 mm.
1 Videocassette (U-Matic (30 minutes)) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy
Other Finding Aids
Finding aid: script.
Original format: 16mm kinescope.
Originally aired May 20, 1956 as part of the CBS/AMNH Adventure television series.
Charles Collingwood, host; John Cosgrove, director; Charles Romine, producer; Shelby Gordon, assistant producer; Frank de Felitta, script editor; Shelby Gordon and Frank de Felitta, writers; Grover Cole, production design; Bernard Birnbaum, supervisor of film; John Myhers, Ted Pearson, Edgar Stehli, Michael Kane, and Maurice Tarplin, narrators; Eugene Cines, music.
- Pompeii, 1956
- Iris Lee
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