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CLS 10 — Pompeii: Life, Death, and Afterlife of a Roman City

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Patrick R. Crowley
Duration: 8 weeks
Format/Location: Live Online
Date(s): Jul 11—Aug 29
Class Recording Available: Yes
Class Meeting Day: Thursdays
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Tuition: $510
   
Refund Deadline: Jul 13
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Thursdays
Duration: 8 weeks
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jul 11—Aug 29
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: Live Online
 
Tuition: $510
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 13
 
Instructor(s): Patrick R. Crowley
 
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
 
Recording Available: Yes
 
Status: Open
 
This course takes an in-depth look at the exceptional and exceptionally preserved city of Pompeii (along with others in the Bay of Naples region, including Herculaneum, Stabiae, and Oplontis) as a microcosm of ancient Roman life. In the late summer or early autumn of 79 CE, Pompeii suffered a cataclysmic event when Mount Vesuvius exploded in a terrible and spectacular fashion, spewing forth a tremendous cloud of ash and pyroclastic debris over the city and its environs. While the disaster claimed the lives of tens of thousands of inhabitants, the peculiar conditions of the eruption preserved the material traces of their daily lives. Students will explore the civic, commercial, and domestic spaces of Pompeii, including its forum, temples and sanctuaries, cemeteries, theaters, brothels, bakeries, and especially its townhouses, which were decorated with brilliant wall paintings, floor mosaics, furniture, and lush portico gardens designed for rest and relaxation from the bustle of city life. Significant attention will also be paid to the archaeological discovery of Pompeii and its neighboring towns in the 18th century, as well as its popular reception in painting, film, and other forms of visual culture up to the present.

PATRICK R. CROWLEY
Associate Curator of European Art, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford

Patrick R. Crowley received a PhD from Columbia and is the author of The Phantom Image: Seeing the Dead in Ancient Rome. Before joining the Cantor Arts Center, he was an assistant professor of art history at the University of Chicago. His work has been supported by the J. Paul Getty Trust, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, DC.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Mary Beard, The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found (ISBN 978-0674045866)