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Evening Lecture and Discussion: The Rebirth of a Roman Luxury Resort: Recent Archaeological Discoveries at The Seaside Villas at Stabiae

Tuesday, April 8 – 6:00PM

Cost: $10 per person, $5 for Franklin Institute Members
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In the year 79 AD, the ancient Roman city of Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Thousands of people perished and the city was hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. Each year, more than 2 million people visit the ruins at Pompeii, but did you know that Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption also caused the catastrophic demise of nearby cities Herculaneum and Stabiae? Situated south of Pompeii overlooking the Bay of Naples, Stabiae was an exclusive seaside resort inhabited by Rome’s elite. Only recently have archaeologists begun to unearth the ancient treasures at this site, buried under layers of ancient ash.

In this engaging and informative lecture, hear from three world-renowned experts on the recent archaeological discoveries at Stabiae and discover the ongoing efforts to transform Stabiae into a multifaceted archeological park with a range of educational and entertainment opportunities.




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