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Every third year
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Examines the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE; and which have been subject to almost continuous archaeological excavation since the 18th century. Pompeii and Herculaneum have produced some of the best evidence we have for daily life in ancient Italy. An examination of the archaeological evidence will allow us to draw conclusions about subjects as varied as ancient slavery, Italian patronage, and notions of public and private space. The course will consider different sorts of spaces including houses, businesses, entertainment venues (like the theaters and the amphitheater), temples, and government buildings; as well as the decoration, furniture, and supposedly perishable materials found in these buildings. One unit.

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