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The Destruction of Pompeii and Its Aftermath

Blacker and Denser Than Any Other Night - Lecturer: C. Brian Rose

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 |
6:00PM - 7:00PM

mural from pompeii


Harrison Auditorium - Penn Museum

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, it buried Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the surrounding settlements under nearly 20 feet of volcanic ash and pumice. Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer, documented his eyewitness account of the disaster, supporting the archaeological evidence uncovered there in the last two centuries. This Great Lecture reviews how these buried cities and their exploration have had a lasting impact on European and American culture.

NEW! Come early to join a PhD candidate or collections expert for a pre-lecture Daily Dig object talk at 4:30pm that will highlight the each month's lecture topic, with no registration required. For December 4th, join Emily French, Ph.D. candidate, for a discussion in the Rome Gallery about daily life and a close look at objects in collection that are not on view! Before each of the Greats Lectures, the Museum Café will serve delicious, daily-prepared hot entrees, soup, and sandwiches. Arrive in the late afternoon to enjoy all the Museum has to offer!


C. Brian Rose, Ph.D., Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section, Penn Museum; Immediate Past President, Archaeological Institute of America; Trustee, American Academy in Rome

Admission: $10 per lecture; Members, $7.

Photo: Pumice from the eruption of Mt Vesuvius surrounding a wall painting in the House of the Garden at Pompeii.