Pompeii Then and Now at Wellfleet Library, Nov 15th

Historian Phyllis Manner's life-changing involvement with lost city
Photo by Phyillis Manner

"Pompeii:  Then and Now" will be presented at the Wellfleet Library on Tuesday, November 15th.  

Thought to be a dormant volcano, Mount Vesuvius erupted massively in 79 AD, and buried the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.  Their rediscovery in the mid 1700s led to excavations of priceless mosaics, frescoes, statues, and other antiquities by royal kings and princes for their own use.  Serious archeology began 100 years later in 1870.   

Phyllis Manner was educated as a biochemist at Boston University and University of Chicago.  She then worked in research laboratories at Brandeis and Harvard, and is now an editor of medical/scientific journals and books.  A two-week vacation as a volunteer for the Pompeii Food and Drink Project in Italy changed her life.  She became immersed in Roman history, art, architecture, the science of volcanoes and oceanography, and she continued working on the project for the next ten years. She’ll share what she learned about the ongoing discoveries in the shadows of Vesuvius.

Contact the Wellfleet library for further information on the program.


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