Wednesday, July 10, 2024

History for Lunch: The Venus Pompeiana Project: Unlocking Pompeii's Colonial Past

Jul 10, 2024

The Museum of the Albemarle will host an additional History for Lunch on Wednesday, August 14, at noon in the Gaither Auditorium. 

Brittany Proffitt, a 6th-year PhD candidate in Roman Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and finds lab staff member at the Gabii Project excavation in Rome and the Venus Pompeiana Project at Pompeii, will present an overview of the ongoing work being conducted by her team at the Temple of Venus in Pompeii, as well as the specific work she is conducting on wall plaster fragments as part of her team's efforts to understand the construction phases of the temple complex.

The Temple of Venus has historically been dated to around 80 BCE, coinciding with the Roman conquest of Pompeii and the establishment of a new Roman colony dedicated to Venus Pompeiana at Pompeii. However, recent findings by the Venus Pompeiana Project are challenging this accepted dating of the temple, changing archaeologists' understanding of the building activity in that portion of the city, as well as reframing how we discuss the impacts of Roman colonialism on the town of Pompeii.

The Museum will offer the History for Lunch program in-person and through Zoom.  To attend the lecture virtually, register in advance by clicking here to receive the link.  Registration is not required to attend the lecture in person.

The virtual program is supported by Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle.

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