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Repopulating the House of the Faun in Ancient Pompeii

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The House of the Faun was one of the earliest houses in Pompeii to be excavated and it quickly became one of the most famous due to its size, location, and its elaborate mosaic depicting Alexander the Great. These features have overshadowed the people who actually lived and worked in the house. In this illustrated lecture, Prof. Benefiel analyzes ancient graffiti to repopulate the House of the Faun. The conversations that took place on and within its walls reveal communication strategies in the early Roman empire and shed new light on the house and its inhabitants.

Professor Rebecca Benefiel teaches in the Department of Classics at Washington and Lee University. She specializes in Latin inscriptions, Roman archaeology, and the social and cultural history of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum. She is the director of the Ancient Graffiti Project and President of the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (ASGLE).

Free and open to the public.

To register, contact Tyson Sukava, sukava@udel.edu

For more information, please see the event flyer​.


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