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Adult Classes

The Deep Dig

It might be summer, but school is in session: the Museum’s Deep Dig offers in-depth adult classes taught by Penn professors and graduate students. These specially designed online courses are more academic in nature and guide participants through subjects connected to the Penn Museum’s collection and research. In addition to engaging lectures from the expert, digital readings, online archival research, and access to videos and research help adult scholars dig deeply into a range of topics.

Roman mosiac of a boat

Discover Ancient Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum

Four Thursdays: June 4, 11, 18, and 25
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

With Dr. C. Brian Rose

This four-session online course will introduce you to the archaeology and art of ancient Italy, especially Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum. We will begin with the foundation of the city of Rome in the 8th century BCE through the mid-Republic, when Rome’s conquest of the Mediterranean completely transformed the face of the city. The second session will focus on Rome during the Late Republic and Early Empire (early 2nd c. BCE–early 2nd c. CE), when the boundaries of the empire stretched from Britain to the Persian Gulf. The best evidence for Roman civic and domestic life has been uncovered in the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, which will be the theme of the third session. The final meeting will deal with Rome from Hadrian to Constantine, especially the rise in construction of temples dedicated to the so-called mystery cults.

C. Brian Rose (B.A., Haverford College; M. A., Ph.D., Columbia University) is Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section and James B. Pritchard Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology. Since 1988 he has been Head of Post-Bronze Age excavations at Troy, and between 2004 and 2007 he directed a survey project in the Granicus River Valley that focused on recording and mapping the Graeco-Persian tombs that dominate the area. He has directed the Gordion Excavation Project in central Turkey since 2013. His research has concentrated on the political and artistic relationship between Rome and the provinces (Dynastic Commemoration and Imperial Portraiture in the Julio-Claudian Period, Cambridge, 1997) and on the monuments of Troy during the Classical periods (The Archaeology of Greek and Roman Troy, Cambridge, 2014). He served as president of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) between 2007 and 2011, and received the AIA's Gold Medal in 2015. He has been a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome since 2001 and currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. His recent seminars have dealt with Roman topography, the archaeology of Troy, Augustan Rome, and Hellenistic and Roman sculpture, architecture, and coinage. He also curated the Penn Museum’s special exhibition The Golden Age of King Midas (2016), featuring artifacts from Gordion through a special loan agreement with the Republic of Turkey.

$175 General | $125 Member

*Limited Registration Available



The Deep Dig

Discover Ancient Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum - Part 1

Thursday | June 4 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



The Deep Dig

Discover Ancient Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum - Part 2

Thursday | June 11 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



The Deep Dig

Discover Ancient Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum - Part 3

Thursday | June 18 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



The Deep Dig

Discover Ancient Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum - Part 4

Thursday | June 25 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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