The great Isis Temple, Egyptian style in house decoration, an artificial canal reproducing the Nile in a villa - Isis and Egypt were very dear to the Pompeian people. During archaeological digs in Pompeii the remains of a young girl - running from the eruption - were found; in her arms she was clutching her silver statue of Isis. The first archaeological discoveries in Pompeii, during the eighteenth century, were integral in spreading one of the strongest fascinations with all things Egyptian during modern times; the discoveries influenced art, fashion, writers and sculptors across the globe. Pompeii was an unavoidable stop in the Grand Tour and still remains essential for any contemporary traveller especially fond of Egyptian esotericism.
Cinzia Dal Maso, is a Venetian expert on archaeology and a journalist who loves to study the past in order to understand the present. She writes for La Repubblica and Il Sole 24 Ore as well as for a number of national and international magazines. She runs the blog 'Filelleni:' rather irreverent incursions, critiques and reflections on the use of the past in the contemporary world.