Otium et Negotium in Vesuvius’ Shadow: a colloquium on latest research trends on economy and culture of Roman villas
Monday 5 August 2013 — 9:30 until noon and 2:00 until 4:30 — The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace
Purposefully coinciding with the British Museum’s current exhibition Life and Death: Pompeii and Herculaneum, this one-day colloquium will offer a series of lectures, updates on hows and whys pertaining to the study of life in classical Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites in the bay of Naples.
Brigham Young University's London Centre hosts a colloquium of scholars from institutions in Italy, the UK, and the US. It is structured in three parts — intellectual life as shown in the Herculaneum papyri and other written sources, new scholarly insights into the economy of Roman villas (especially their exploitation and management of land and marine resources), and how understanding Roman villa culture has mattered and matters now.
Admission is free. Generous funding from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah, USA), its College of Humanities and the London Centre, and from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship provides for this opportunity. Support also from the Friends of Herculaneum Society.
Roger T. Macfarlane, Brigham Young University
Introduction and Overview: If Horace had heard a lecture at the Villa of the Papyri, should we care?
Gianluca Del Mastro, Università degli Studi Federico II di Napoli
Herculaneum Papyri now: updates and perspectives
Richard Janko, University of Michigan
Herculaneum Papyrology, an intense manifestation of intellectual humanism
Robyn J. Veal, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge
Provisioning the Roman villa: management of land resources to support urban and country villas
Annalisa Marzano, University of Reading
The maritime villas of Campania: conspicuous consumption and beyond
Girolamo F. De Simone, University of Oxford / The Apolline Project
Beyond Pompeii and Herculaneum: life on the "dark side" of Vesuvius
Shelley Hales, University of Bristol
Why have our forebears cared at all about Herculaneum, and how did they manifest it?
Robert Fowler, University of Bristol / Friends of Herculaneum Society
Why does an audience of the 21st century need to know anything about Herculaneum?