The Collapse Of The Gladiators' School In Pompeii
Pompeii, the city near Naples that was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in 79 AD, has experienced another collapse. Next time you visit Pompeii, you won’t see the Schola Armaturarum Juventus Pompeiani, the famous gladiators' school, because it collapsed just a few days ago.
This is not the first time that Italians have gone through a similar disaster. In March, 2010, it happened in Rome, when part of the ceiling of Roman Emperor Nero's, Domus Aurea, collapsed. Some 60 square meters of the baths built on top of the Golden House by the emperor who succeeded Nero, Trajan, came down because of seepage from recent heavy rains.
Italian Cultural Minister Sandro Bondi has said that water infiltration from recent heavy rains dealt a killer blow to the gladiators' school, which was precarious because a 1950 restoration "wrongly" put reinforced concrete on the roof, making it "inevitable" that it would buckle under the weight.
The opposition has said the school's collapse has highlighted an "unacceptable" level of alleged "incompetence" and has even suggested that the upkeep of the site should be taken out of the government's hands and entrusted fully to international bodies.
On Monday Robert Harris, author of the 2003 global bestseller 'Pompeii', said he was "not surprised" at the collapse and argued that the right of visitors to see the site's wonders should be balanced with conservation needs, highlighting "the imperative of passing it down to future generations. We are faced with a paradox: the more people visit Pompeii, the more Pompeii is destroyed.
Italian opposition will table a motion of no confidence on Italian Cultural Minister Sandro Bondi and probably this will be the casus belli for the Italian government crisis.