Talks

Last Supper in Pompeii
by Professor Paul Roberts

Date: Thursday 21 January 2021

Last Supper in Pompeii celebrates the Roman love affair with food and drink

For the Romans life meant getting together to eat and drink, in a pub or at a banquet.  Last supper in Pompeii celebrates the Roman love affair with food and drink – a journey from fields and vineyards to markets and shops, from tables to toilets and the tomb

Dr Paul Roberts is the Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford.  He studied at Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford and lived in Italy for several years.  He has excavated in Britain, Greece, Libya, Turkey and in particular Italy.  His research focuses on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people in the Greek and Roman worlds and he has written books on Roman daily life, Roman Emperors and Roman art.  From 1994 to 2014 he was Roman Curator in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum, and curated the exhibition “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum” (2013).  At the Ashmolean since 2015, he recently curated “Last Supper in Pompeii”, an exhibition about the Roman love affair with food and wine.

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