I regularly visits schools and libraries in the United States and around the world to speak about my experiences researching and writing Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii. My presentation includes many rare images that I discovered in the photographic archive at Pompeii.
When speaking about Pompeii, I discuss what life was like in Pompeii before the famous eruption of AD 79. I describe the eruption of Vesuvius and its effect on the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. I explain what happened to Pompeii afterwards and why it remained buried for 1700 years. I describe how Pompeii was accidentally uncovered and the types of objects and remains that were found there. I explain how the rediscovery of Pompeii has enabled scientists and historians to understand better what life was like in ancient Rome times.
Finally, I describe how the plaster casts were made and why they are so important. Throughout my presentation, I discuss some of the stories archaeologists have told (and imagined) about the casts and why (using critical thinking skills) they should often be questioned, if not completely discounted.
My presentation can be tailored specifically for your curriculum.
To arrange a visit, please contact James M. Deem.