Title Special Episode - Pompeii - with Professor Ray Laurence Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Partial Historians Media type Web Duration/Length/Size 55 minutes Country Australia Date 19/08/21 Description Pompeii is a very famous site, but there are a lot of misconceptions about what this place was actually like before the eruption. Ray Laurence explains why life in Pompeii was tough and how the built environment reflects the fact that this was a very average town. It had been around for centuries before the eruption in 79 CE and shares the influences of various people who lived in the region, including the Etruscans, the Oscans, the Samnites, and finally, the Romans.
The layout of Pompeii evolved over time and areas like the Forum were used in different ways throughout its existence. We can learn more about how people experienced the urban environment by piecing together a variety of evidence including wheel ruts, the width of streets, graffiti patterns, literature, and the building remains. While Pompeii may not have been especially fancy, it was a bustling town and people spent a lot of time in the streets, conducting business, conversing, stopping at shrines, fetching water, or grabbing some takeaway.
Producer/Author Peta Greenfield and Fiona Radford URL https://partialhistorians.com/2021/08/19/special-episode-pompeii-with-professor-ray-laurence/ Persons Ray Laurence, Fiona Radford, Peta Greenfield