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Archaeological group brings in Pompeii experts for lecture series

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 2, 2020

A serpentine bracelet made of gold and green emerald glass from the first century B.C. in Pompeii at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples in Italy. (Giorgio Albano)
A serpentine bracelet made of gold and green emerald glass from the first century B.C. in Pompeii at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples in Italy. (Giorgio Albano)

National experts on ancient Pompeii will speak in Spokane for a series of talks through April.

“Revealing Pompeii: Its Past, Present and Future” are speeches designed to enhance a Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture exhibit about the Roman city running from Feb. 8-May 3.

“We decided to dedicate more lectures this spring to bringing in Pompeii specialists to coincide with the show,” said Andrew Goldman, an organizer as president of the Spokane chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.

The lectures are at the MAC and Gonzaga University. Goldman, a GU history professor, said the series explores Pompeii’s past excavations and future exploration. “These are the people who are the top American scholars on Pompeii.”

Free and open to the public, the lectures are sponsored by the AIA and the GU history and classical civilizations departments. AIA also will sponsor an April 11 Pompeii Day with activities at the MAC.

At the MAC

“When Did Vesuvius Explode?”: Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. with Depauw University’s Pedar Foss.

“Technology and the Future of Classical Archaeology: the View from Pompeii”: March 19 at 6:30 p.m. with Eric Poehler of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

“Roman Gladiators: Killing Machines? Fact and Fiction”: April 5 at 2 p.m. with Gonzaga’s Andrew Goldman.

“Prostitution in the Immor(t)al City: Investigating Pompeii’s Brothel”: April 10 at 6 p.m. with Sarah Levin-Richardson of the University of Washington.

“Humans as Artifacts: Inventing and Displaying Pompeian Body Casts”: April 11 at 10:30 a.m. with Kevin Dicus of the University of Oregon.

“Kitchens, Dining Rooms and Latrines: Daily Routines in a Roman House”: April 11 at 11:30 a.m. with Mira Green of the University of Washington.

“Street Theater: A Pompeian Neighborhood in Five Acts”: April 16 at 6:30 p.m. with Jeremy Hartnett of Wabash College.

At Gonzaga University

“Archaeological Evidence for Dating the Vesuvian Eruption”: Feb. 21 at noon with Pedar Foss at GU’s College Hall Room 203.

“The Life of a Street in Pompeii: 5000 BCE to 79 CE”: March 18 at 7 p.m. with Eric Poehler of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, at Jundt Art Museum Auditorium 110.

“Excavation Photographs and the Imagined World of Pompeii’s Streets”: April 17 at noon with Jeremy Hartnett, Wabash College, at GU’s College Hall Room 203.

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