Virtual Tour

The Economics and Politics of the Vesuvian Cities – Saturday 9 January

Saturday 9 January


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

The eruption of AD 79 which buried Pompeii and Herculaneum preserved uniquely important evidence for the political, religious and economic lives of the cities. The 11,000 or so graffiti found in Pompeii include a number of electioneering posts, which, along with the numerous surviving inscriptions, allow us to gauge the political behaviour of citizens of small Roman cities. We also are able to gauge the kinds of jobs ordinary people in the Roman world would have had, as well as the importance of money to the economy, thanks to archaeological evidence such as the banker Caecilius Jucundus’ wax tablets and the discovery of daily takings in taverns and fulleries.

Tombs and houses provide crucial information about the ranks and social distinctions of the inhabitants of Roman towns, enabling us to see how the Pompeii was dominated by freedmen in the last decades of its existence. The importance of religion and its ritualistic nature are also very clear in the Vesuvian cities, from the ever present lararia, or family altars, to the many shrines and temples. This lecture explores the way in which the economies of Pompeii and Herculaneum were surprisingly modern and complex and the way in which the cities had diverse cults, something which may be attributed to their mixed populations.

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: 9 January 2021

Start time: 10:00 GMT

End time: 11:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Webinar


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