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A Day in Pompeii

Thursday Evening Lecture Series

This fall, embark on an even deeper exploration of the history of Pompeii during a three-part Thursday evening lecture series. Pompeii experts from the Twin Cities and beyond will offer their insight into the history, geology, and culture of this ancient city that has captured our imaginations.

The Final Hours
Dr. Connie Rodriguez
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Classical Studies, Loyola University, New Orleans
Thursday, October 18

Dr. Connie Rodriguez, visiting curator of A Day in Pompeii exhibit, will present the final hours of Pompeii as related in letters by Pliny the Younger, who watched events unfold from a safe distance at Misenum. He tells of his uncle, Pliny the Elder, who was in charge of the Roman fleet stationed on the Bay of Naples and who met his death during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

Science behind the destruction and preservation of Pompeii
Dr. James Stout
Professor of Earth Science Geology/Geophysics, University of Minnesota
Thursday, October 25

What do the rocks tell us? Professor James Stout of the University of Minnesota will look at the tragic human experience of those who lived on the flanks of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. through the comparison of the still-remaining volcanic rocks of Pompeii and modern volcanic eruptions. Examine the detailed record of events leading up to the burial of the site by Oplontis and Herculaneum.

Daily life at Pompeii and other ancient Mediterranean cities
Dr. Joe Rife
Assistant Professor of Classics, Macalester College
Thursday, November 1

Pompeii is one of the best-understood ancient Mediterranean cities. It has provided an important point of reference for understanding other cities elsewhere in the Roman world. Professor Joe Rife of Macalester College will explore not only what the evidence from Pompeii tells us, but also the ways in which approaches to understanding the Pompeian daily life have evolved over the past two centuries. He will also discuss how understanding Pompeii has contributed to his exploration of life and death in southern Greece during the Roman Empire, particularly the city of Corinth and its eastern port of Kenchreai, where he currently directs a major excavation.

Tickets for each Pompeii lecture are $12 per person ($8 per Science Museum member). Lectures will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Science Museum's auditorium on level 3. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (651) 221-9444.