His­tory just un­der the sur­face

Un­der­wa­ter Pom­peii, SBS, Sun­day at 7.30pm

Balonne Beacon - - LIFE/TV GUIDE -

THIS doc­u­men­tary fol­lows an in­cred­i­ble 21st cen­tury restora­tion project as well as an in­side look at the de­bauched, ri­otous his­tor­i­cal world it re­veals – a world that has re­mained un­touched at the bot­tom of the Bay of Naples for hun­dreds of years.

A team of ar­chae­ol­o­gists map the un­der­wa­ter ru­ins, piec­ing to­gether what life was like in this play­ground for the rich. There were vast vil­las, elab­o­rate spas, and rau­cous par­ties on barges float­ing in the bay. No ex­pense was spared to cre­ate a won­der­land.

Ba­iae was also the site of some of the most treach­er­ous po­lit­i­cal deal­ings of an­cient Rome with Em­peror Nero and his en­e­mies hatch­ing deadly plots against each other. And then, the city sank into the ocean, to be for­got­ten in the an­nals of his­tory un­til now.

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