Memphis, TN folks and others in the Mid-South: If you are interested in Pompeii and Herculaneum, sign up for this course with me at the Meeman Center at Rhodes College.
In this course, all aspects of life in a Roman town will be discussed. We will address both public buildings (fora, theaters, baths, amphitheaters, etc.) and private architecture (villas, houses, tombs). The manner in which these buildings were decorated will also figure largely in the course, as we will study the Four Styles of Pompeian painting, gardens, mosaics, and public and private sculpture. The examination of these monuments will be laid over an economic, social, and political context.
The history of excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum will also be examined, especially with regard to how the modern history of these cities shapes our perceptions of them.
This course will focus on Pompeii and Herculaneum, also addressing material from sites like Stabiae, Boscoreale, Boscotrecase, and Oplontis.
Roger Ling,Pompeii: History, Life, and Afterlife, 2005
Joanne Berry,The Complete Pompeii, 2007
Robert Harris,Pompeii: A Novel, 2005
Photo courtesy of MorBCN on Flickr.