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Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, Pompeii is the most complete example of a Roman city to have survived.

Fresco from Pompeii
Fresco from Pompeii

The unique conditions of preservation at Pompeii have allowed for the survival of evidence found nowhere else and this module will introduce you to that evidence and explore how it enhances our understanding of Roman society and culture.

The module begins by examining the destruction of Pompeii before moving on to consider how the city has been excavated since its rediscovery in 1748. You will be able to explore the layout of the city, starting with the key public buildings and spaces before considering what these structures can tell us about public life in Pompeii. You will be then able to examine the numerous private houses in Pompeii, before giving thought to the significance of these dwellings for our understanding of the relationship between public and private space.

At all times you will have the opportunity to consider how new theoretical approaches and methods are changing the way the evidence from Pompeii is being interpreted.

Course date/time:

Mondays 7:00pm - 9:00pm, starting 1st October 2012


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