Monday 12 November 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS "LAND EXPERIENCE IN ANTIQUITY": 15 OTTOBRE 2018 -20 gennaio 2019/ October 15th 2018 - January 20th 2019



ORGANIZZATORI/ORGANIZERS:  Prof. Fabio Stok ; Dr. Armando Cristilli ; Dr. Alessia Gonfloni


Tuesday 4 September 2018

Games, banquets, handouts, and the population of Pompeii as deduced from a new tomb inscription

A new article by Massimo Ossana about the newly-discovered inscription on a tomb near the Porta Stabia at Pompeii will be published in October in the Journal of Roman Archaeology. The article is entitled, “Games, banquets, handouts, and the population of Pompeii as deduced from a new tomb inscription”. The full text of the inscription has been made available by JRA and can be seen here:


Tuesday 27 March 2018

Herculaneum in Pictures

Herculaneum in Pictures

The HerculaneuminPictures plan showing areas covered.
An interactive version can be found our web site

Jackie and Bob are pleased to announce the launch of HerculaneuminPictures as a companion site to our PompeiiinPictures offering. See  Access is free and may only be used for academic, personal and not for profit purposes.

We would like to thank Michael Binns and Buzz Ferebee for their many photographs that have helped fill the gaps we had with our own.
We would also like to thank Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill for allowing us to use material from his book Herculaneum Past and Future
(Wallace-Hadrill, A. 2011. Herculaneum, Past and Future. London, Frances Lincoln.)

Please feel free to tell anyone or any institutions or publish anywhere you think may be interested.

Everything is covered but in places internal coverage is thinner where the location is under restoration.

It is a first edition, but will expand in content like pompeiiinpictures did with colleague help over the years and as the Parco Archeologico di Ercolano opens access to more areas.

All our Pompeii sites including and will continue to be available separately and the Herculaneum and Pompeii web sites will be linked so you can move between them, whenever you wish.  

Tuesday 20 March 2018

New Article: The Greek Graffiti of Herculaneum

Rebecca R. Benefiel andHolly M. Sypniewsk, The Greek Graffiti of Herculaneum. American Journal of Archaeology Vol. 122, No. 2 (April 2018), pp. 209–244

This article offers an overview of ancient Greek handwritten wall inscriptions, or graffiti, in the city of Herculaneum and the first contextual analysis of these inscriptions. First, we address how much Greek is found, where it appears, and what was being written in Greek. We then offer a discussion of Greek alphabets and personal names inscribed in Greek, which together account for half of the graffiti in Greek at Herculaneum. Finally, we examine Greek graffiti in context and discuss two locations in Herculaneum where the graffiti have survived and are still visible in situ. By presenting where Greek graffiti appear, what they contain, and how they communicate and interact with other texts, we aim to provide a more comprehensive picture of the distribution and context of Greek in Herculaneum and to offer new insights into the culture of writing in Campania.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

SpaceLaw project is hiring post-docs and doctoral students!

Kaius Tuori, who has directed the Public and Private in the Roman House project during the last few years, has a new project investigating the uses of public and private space in the Roman administration.

The new SpaceLaw project (Law, Governance and Space: Questioning the Foundations of the Republican Tradition,, funded by the ERC, is hiring

1. two post-docs for three years, and

2. two doctoral students for four years

to investigate the spaces of Roman Republicanism at the University of Helsinki! Ancient historians, archaeologists, legal historians, Roman lawyers and the like are strongly encouraged to apply.
Here are the ads (with a more detailed description of the project):

The deadline is 15.4.

N.B. Feel free to spread the word!

Tuesday 13 February 2018

Crowdfunding Campaign for the Ancient Graffiti Project

The Friends of Herculaneum Society is sponsoring a crowdfunding campaign in support of the wonderful Ancient Graffiti Project ( We're aiming to raise £13000 by 19 March to enable undergraduates from both sides of the ocean to go the Herculaneum this summer and participate in the collecting and publishing of the graffiti. One of the great things about this project is that the students are equal participants with academic staff in doing the research. They learn great skills and get super experience for the future. The Friends are matching the first £5000 of donations pound for pound so your donation is doubled. Please go to and find out more. Consider making a donation - crowdfunding depends on lots of people pitching in - and also do please spread the word on your own network. American donors can contribute to the American Friends of Herculaneum website ( rather than donating through Hubbub, and get the tax deduction in the US. Grazie mille!
Bob Fowler for the Friends of Herculaneum
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