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The Complete Pompeii

Study Day on Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 10:00AM

Lecturer: Gillian Hovell
Venue: Bishopswood Village Hall

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Our sessions on this study day will tell of the lives and deaths of people who lived in and around Pompeii 2000 years ago. Whether you go in person to visit Pompeii or watch TV documentaries, this study day will bring you face to face with the Romans so you can see beyond the TV screen to the vibrant world of AD 79. Roman sites will never be silent ruins ever again; what you learn today will bring them dramatically to life.

Session One: Digging Deeper in Pompeii
Become as familiar with this Roman town as the Romans were before its burial by Vesuvius' eruption in AD79.Learn how you can connect with, and get the most from, the art and architecture unearthed from the ashes in and beyond Pompeii.

Session Two: Welcome to Pompeii
Romans who visited Pompeii knew exactly what to expect; every Roman town was a mini-Rome and contained everything you could possibly want in your Roman lifestyle. We explore how you too can feel 'at home' in a Roman town. What should you notice? What should you look for? How do you find your way around so you can delve into every aspect of Roman life?

Session Three: The Big Picture - A 2000 Year Old Way of Life and Death
Pompeii wasn't isolated. It was one town in a vibrant area that was much favoured by the celebrities of the day, who owned country houses in the area; amongst them were Cicero and Pliny, who praised the glorious weather, rich crops and fresh air. You will be taken on a virtual tour that will inspire you with a very real sense of what Roman life was truly like. Mass entertainment, trade, religion, playboy mansions, imperial homes - they're all here. We touch every aspect of Roman life.

Gillian Hovell, 'The Muddy Archaeologist', is an experienced Ancient and Classical historian, archaeologist and lecturer at York University and The British Museum.

Cost: £37 including tea/coffee and lunch

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