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ARC 17 W — The Art and Archaeology of Pompeii

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jul 10—Aug 25
Refund Deadline: Jul 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $470
Instructor(s): Gary Devore
Limit: 45
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jul 10—Aug 25
7 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 13
1 Unit
Gary Devore
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The ancient Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 79 CE. 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. It’s been a popular destination for many generations of tourists, and its evocative remains have inspired artists, authors, and academics. This course will take a thematic approach to explore and explain the archaeological history of Pompeii, contextualize its remains, and investigate the famous (and not so famous) works of art and architecture excavated from the ruins. We will get to know the citizens of this small Roman city, both rich and poor, by investigating what has been preserved of their lives because of their deaths. We will employ written texts, artifacts, computer reconstructions, artistic imaginings, and panoramic photography to re-create what of Pompeii has been lost to history. This course will also give you invaluable information and advice if you plan to visit the archaeological site yourself.


Gary Devore has excavated in the ancient ruins of Pompeii and also at sites near Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England. He was one of the directors and principal investigators of Binchester Roman Excavations and is a former director of the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project, Porta Stabia. Devore received a PhD from the University of Bradford, UK, and taught at Stanford for a decade.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Pedar Foss (Editor), John J. Dobbins (Editor), The World of Pompeii (ISBN 978-0415475778 )