Throughout our exploration of ancient cultures on Odyssey Online, we've used museum objects to learn about the people who made and used them. But, for the most part, we don't know the exact "context," or place, where each object was found. Archaeologists and other specialists study ancient sites and the artifacts found there to try and shed light on the cultures that produced these objects.
Pompeii with Mt. Vesuvius in background
|One of our best glimpses of daily life in ancient Rome comes as a result
of a natural disaster! In 79 A.D., the city of Pompeii was buried
by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The city was
caught without warning - you could say it was buried alive! It lay untouched
and preserved until its discovery in the 18th century and excavation beginning
in the 19th century.
We will examine the remains of Pompeii and think about what they tell us about life in a 1st-century Roman town. Although most of the objects related to daily life in our collections probably didn't come from Pompeii, we'll use the city as an example of the kind of city where these objects might have been used.
Choose one of these areas of Roman life to explore: