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Ancient Art Revealed

On a recent trip to Italy, I visited the ancient city of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman city buried under 25 meters of volcanic mud by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Unlike nearby Pompeii, which was more heavily damaged by a barrage of ash, the volcanic debris that flowed into Herculaneum preserved the city until it was discovered 1,700 years later.

This panorama of a wall mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite in House number 22 was taken with the Olympus E-P1. Created from 16 hand-held images, this panorama gives a glimpse into the detailed art present in Roman cities nearly 2,000 years ago.

Last month I wrote about seadragon.com, an online service that allows you to post high-resolution photos for Web viewing. This wall mosaic provides a good opportunity to see how deep zoom can offer a deeper glimpse into a true work of art.

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