The Art and Archaeology of Pompeii


Stanford Continuing Studies


The ancient Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the year 79. It lay buried deep under ash and stone for centuries until the Roman world ended and it was forgotten. Rediscovered only in the 18th century, Pompeii has been systematically uncovered and studied since then, offering us an unparalleled glimpse of urban life in the early period of the Roman Empire.

Course Goals:

  • Explore and explain the archaeological history of Pompeii.
  • Investigate the famous (and not so famous) works of art and architecture excavated from the ruins.
  • Employ written texts, artifacts, computer reconstructions, artistic imaginings, and panoramic photography to recreate what of Pompeii has been lost to history.
  • Gain invaluable information and advice if you plan to visit the archaeological site yourself.

It’s been a popular destination for many generations of tourists, and its evocative remains have inspired artists, authors, and academics.

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