Thursday, 26 March 2015

New articles in AJA 119.2

The American Journal of Archaeology is out now and available on JSTOR. There are two Pompeii-related articles:
Duncan Keenan-Jones, Somma-Vesuvian Ground Movements and the Water Supply of Pompeii and the Bay of Naples 
Molly Swetnam-Burland, Encountering Ovid's Phaedra in House V.2.10–11, Pompeii



Pompeii Photos: Ancient Roman city remains unscathed by 'selfie' generation

From Science Daily:
Pompeii Photos: Ancient Roman city remains unscathed by 'selfie' generation
Photos tourists take of Pompeii are almost identical to those taken by our ancestors. After examining 19th and early 20th century lantern slides of Pompeii and modern day photos researchers discovered the shots taken around the site are remarkably similar.
Read more here.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Lecture: Male and Female Prostitutes at Pompeii: Recovering Agency and Oppression in the Purpose-built Brothel

This livestream event is happening this evening at the American Academy!

Monday 7pm (Rome) (1:30pm EST; 10:30am PST)

Male and Female Prostitutes at Pompeii: Recovering Agency and Oppression in the Purpose-built Brothel: http://new.livestream.com/aarome/events/3818825

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Summer School at Herculaneum

Summer School at Herculaneum

The Herculaneum Society is pleased to announce scholarships for undergraduates and postgraduates to participate in two summer schools in the archaeology, history and culture of Herculaneum and other Vesuvian sites, 22-26 June 2015 and 7-11 September 2015. The schools will be operated by Dr Christian Biggi, Director of BIG Heritage Consultancy, with the assistance of by Dr Joanne Berry, author of The Complete Pompeii. You will be taught by a team with many years' experience in operating schools, and who have been closely involved in major initiatives in Vesuvian archaeology. You will stay in a luxurious 4* hotel in Ercolano, with easy access to the Herculaneum excavations. Appearances by guest specialists in archaeology and history add an extra dimension. On this year's courses, a session led by Dr Dirk Obbink of Oxford University, world-renowned papyrologist and trustee of the Herculaneum Society, is planned.

The Society can offer up to four scholarships of £500 (€650) each to deserving students. In addition, there are two free places on each course for accompanying staff to help with oversight of students. Please enquire with the Society if you are interested in taking this task on (herculaneum@classics.ox.ac.uk).

For full details of programme and registration procedures, please click here. You can register as an individual, or a group. In the latter case, please contact the Society as soon as possible (herculaneum@classics.ox.ac.uk) .

Applications are due at the latest one month before the course is due to start. To be considered for a scholarship, applications must be made at the latest six weeks before the course is due to start.

 

Monday, 16 March 2015

VILLA DEI MISTERI DOPO I RESTAURI

VILLA DEI MISTERI DOPO I RESTAURI
Riapre dopo i restauri

PRESENTAZIONE ALLA STAMPA POSTICIPATA AL 20 MARZO – ORE 11,00

INAUGURAZIONE CON IL MINISTRO FRANCESCHINI

La presentazione alla stampa della Villa dei Misteri, a seguito degli interventi di restauro degli affreschi, è posticipata al giorno 20 marzo alle ore 11,00, contestualmente alla riapertura al pubblico della Villa che seguirà al termine della conferenza.
All’inaugurazione sarà presente:
  • • il Ministro Dario Franceschini
  • • il Soprintendente Massimo Osanna
  • • il Direttore Generale del Grande Progetto Pompei, Giovanni Nistri
  • • i funzionari e tecnici restauratori che hanno curato gli interventi sugli apparati decorativi.
L’accredito per i giornalisti interessati dovrà pervenire entro il 19 marzo, ore 12,00 al seguente indirizzo mail pompei.ufficiostampa@beniculturali.it.

Vedere il sito web dal Soprintendenza

Pompeii's Villa of the Mysteries reopens


Pompeii's biggest house, the Villa of the Mysteries, is set to reopen in its entirety on March 20, following nearly two years of restoration work that began in May 2013.

The restoration was conducted in lots so that parts of the Villa were still open to the public throughout the restoration process.

The recent restoration work, which involved 70 rooms of the Villa, corrected some of the damage inflicted by previous restoration techniques that were found to be harmful to the Villa's frescoes over the years.

In work done during the 1930s, wax was applied to preserve the frescoes, but ultimately faded the colours, something that was corrected using techniques to first identify the nature of the chromatic alterations and other damage over time and then perform restorations.

In addition to work done to restore the Villa's frescoes, work was also done to clean the intricate mosaic floor decorations.

See full article on the Archaeology News Network
See Villa dei Misteri on pompeiiinpictures
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