The Great Courses No.3742: Pompeii: Daily Life In An Ancient Roman City
24 lectures | 29 minutes each | Year Released: 2010
MPEG-3 | 128 Kbps, 44.1 KHz, 2 channels | English | 682 MB
On August 24, in the year A.D. 79, Pliny the Younger looked up and saw a spectacle the world would never forget. As he later wrote down, "A cloud was ascending, the appearance of which I cannot give you a more exact description of than by likening it to that of a great pine tree, for it shot up to a great height in the form of a very tall trunk, which spread itself out at the top into a sort of branches. It appeared sometimes bright and sometimes dark and spotted, according as it was either more or less impregnated with earth and cinders."
Thus opened the sole eyewitness account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius—one of the most iconic natural disasters in the history of the ancient world.Most people are familiar with this story. Over three harrowing days, the inhabitants of Pompeii experienced the full force of Mother Nature's fury in the form of blasts of superheated gases, rains of pumice stone and ash, and rivers of scorching mud.
Yet while the account of the eruption is compelling, Pompeii holds a much more intriguing story for historians: a tale of everyday 1st-century life, flash-frozen in time under mountains of sediment. The tragedy left a rich record of daily life as it was experienced by all strata of Roman society; housewives, slaves, merchants, and politicians were stopped in their tracks on that fateful day. Through careful excavations of Pompeii, scholars have revealed the hidden complexities of ancient life, unveiling the everyday activities of commerce, agriculture, politics, and private life otherwise lost to modern eyes.
01.Reflections on and of Pompeii
02.Geology and Geography on the Bay of Naples
03.The Rediscovery of Vesuvian Lands
04.Etruscan Pompeii—5th Century B.C.
05.Samnite Pompeii—2nd Century B.C.
06.Building the Roman Colony—80 B.C.
07.Villa of the Papyri and Life with Piso
08.Marriage and Mysteries—Rites of Dionysus
09.Eumachia, Public Priestess
10.A Female Slave in Pompeii
11.Governing in the 1st Century A.D.
12.Games and Competition for Offices
13.Riot in the Amphitheater—A.D. 59
14.The House of the Tragic Poet
15.Pompeii's Wool Industry
16.Pompeii's Wine and Vineyards
18.Rebuilding after the Earthquake
19.Wall Paintings in the House of the Vettii
20.A Pompeian Country Club
21.Worshipping the Emperors at Herculaneum
22.Visiting a Villa at Stabiae
23.Pliny Narrates the Eruption of Vesuvius
24.The Bay of Naples after Vesuvius
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