Virtual Tour

Pompeii and Herculaneum: Destruction and Rediscovery of Ancient Cities – Wednesday 18 November

Wednesday 18 November


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

The catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 spelled the end of a number of delightful cities in the Bay of Naples which were well known to the inhabitants of Rome for their beauty and for the goods they produced. The destruction of these cities, their rediscovery in the end of the 16th century and their excavations starting from the 18th century were at forefront of the development of archaeology and at shaping what we know about the Roman world. The evidence provided by the burial of the Vesuvian towns is uniquely important for understanding of the everyday life in antiquity and is constantly being re-evaluated.

The establishment of the Great Pompeii Project in recent years has yielded exciting new discoveries and has made us think again about long held beliefs, including the date of the eruption and the final moments of the victims’ lives. This lecture explores the nature of the eruption, using not only Pliny’s famous letters but the recent analyses of the skeletal remains. We will also be examining the exciting discoveries made in recent years.

Virtual Tour

Our virtual tours cover a wide array of historical and art-history topics, ranging from antiquity to the early modern period. We explore a variety of historical topics, from the every day life in ancient and early modern cities to representations of power. Exploring both world famous sites and those unknown to most, these lectures will bring history and the history of art to life through tailor made HD filming, as well as perceptive lecturing and lively discussions.

The virtual tours last 60 minutes followed by another 30 minutes of Q&A with our lecturers who will be delighted to answer any of your questions live.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 18 November 2020

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Webinar


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