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Behind the Glass: Life & Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum with Dr. Paul Roberts

March 13, 2014 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Image courtesy of the British Museum

This event features a lecture by Dr. Paul Roberts, senior curator, head of the Roman Collections, Greek and Roman Department at The British Museum. Dr. Roberts will speak on themes related to his 2013 British Museum exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

In AD 79, the Bay of Naples was rocked by the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii and Herculaneum—and countless nearby farms, estates, and villages—were completely buried under pumice and super-heated ash. It is arguably the most widely recognized volcanic eruption in recorded history, and the ruins buried under the debris are our most valuable archaeological record of day-to-day life in the Roman empire. The daily lives of the ordinarypeople of the cities destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius will be brought to life in this free lecture.

This lecture is free and open to the public. It introduces a two-day seminar honoring the life and work of our former executive director and friend David Whitehouse.

This lecture is part of the Behind the Glass lecture series, which takes place the second Thursday of the month. These events include the Museum’s popular Meet the Artist lectures, as well as talks by curators and other specialists in the fields of glass, art and archaeology.

Members at the Donor level and above are invited to a pre-reception at 5:15 pm.

RSVP for both events to [email protected] or 607.438.5600 by March 10.

This program is supported by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Not able to attend? This lecture will be recorded and will be available for viewing, in full, on our YouTube channel within 3 days of the event.