A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Curiosity can help you learn more about people and places, past and present. Discoveries made from being curious about the world can positively impact the world.
Positive Role Models
The Pompeii excavation team's curiosity helps them make fascinating discoveries about the lives of the people who lived and ultimately died in the ancient Roman city. The discoveries they make change how archaeologists and historians think about Pompeii.
Violence & Scariness
Reenactments of Pompeii citizens' deaths. Images of real skeletons unearthed from the Pompeii ruins, including skeletons of children.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mostly nude images of ancient Roman mythological characters are painted in frescoes unearthed by the archaeologists.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pompeii: Disaster Street is a history documentary chronicling an Italian excavation team's work to discover more about life in Pompeii at the time of Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 AD. Only two swear words ("damn" and "hell") are heard in the documentary, and artwork featuring nudity is shown. The documentary shows several skeletons and skeleton fragments of Pompeiian victims. Reenactments of their deaths are also shown.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary is a great resource for students writing historical papers on the legacy of Pompeii, but if you're watching it for entertainment, you might find it a little boring. The English dub of Pompeii: Disaster Street, placed over the native Italian spoken by the excavation team, probably contributes to some of the documentary's lackluster feeling. For viewers who get distracted by dubbed programs over ones with subtitles, the jarring dub could keep them from fully investing in the information being presented. Also, the program feels like it doesn't fully engage its audience; while the excavation team is excited about what they are learning, the excitement isn't ever fully conveyed to the audience.
However, fans of ancient Rome who can overlook boring presentations will find in Pompeii: Disaster Street many nuggets of fun information. For instance, a new date in 79 AD is found for Mount Vesuvius' eruption, changing what historians have accepted as fact for decades. The team also finds a strange mosaic that redefines the types of art and symbolism historians believed were present in Pompeii at the time. Overall, Pompeii: Disaster Street is full of fun facts that, like Pompeii itself, must be unearthed with patience.
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