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Experiencing the Roman Taverns of Pompeii

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Free online classical studies lecture for Open University students and alumni

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This is a special online classical studies lecture from the LRAC as part of Freshers’ Week, with OU tutor and associate lecturer Dr Ardle MacMahon. It’s open to all Open University students and alumni.

Based on the remains of Pompeii, with a sprinkle of the literary sources, this talk will attempt to recreate the experience of living, working and visiting some of the so-called taverns that lined the now ruined Roman city. The impressive forum and public buildings were important social centres from the whole population, but so too would have been the taverns, especially for the non-elite. The broader purpose of this talk is for you to consider how much surviving evidence remains from Pompeii for the lives of ordinary individuals, Pompeiians and visitors, and fill the voids of the ruined buildings and streets with their spirits.

Please note that this session will be accessed via the Open University Adobe Connect system which means you will need to log into your OU account to take part.

Image: Dice players. Roman fresco from the Osteria della Via di Mercurio (VI 10,1.19, room b) in Pompeii (via Wikimedia Commons)

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