Herculaneum: An Ancient City Preserved with Fiorella Squillante

Herculaneum: An Ancient City Preserved with Fiorella Squillante


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Join an expert on Neopolitan history on a virtual walk through the streets of Herculaneum, the ancient city buried under a pyroclastic flow in the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Smaller than Pompeii, Herculaneum was buried by slower-falling ash which resulted in almost complete preservation of buildings. We’re fortunate that entire houses and everyday items contained within them survived to tell the tragic tale of the eruption.

In this seminar, we’ll explore the unmissable places within this open-air museum through a selection of images of the town and the artifacts found there. We’ll learn about the excavations that started during the reign of Charles of Bourbon and how the town of Herculaneum has never ceased to surprise visitors for its incredible level of preservation. Participants will obtain an immediate comparison between the lives of the Vesuvian inhabitants in the first century A.D. and our lives in the modern-day world. We will see the houses, shops, thermal baths, food and restaurants, victims unearthed during the excavations, works of art that decorated the houses of the patricians, and the everyday objects and utensils.

From Herculaneum, we’ll travel to the Archaeological Museum in Naples, where most of the finds from the Vesuvian town are displayed. Here we’ll discover the wealth and opulence of Herculaneum’s villas thanks to the fantastic artifacts that have been discovered and preserved in the museum.

Led by Fiorella Squillante, a local guide and specialist in art history and Neapolitan culture and art, this seminar will introduce learners to the preserved ancient city of Herculaneum. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an understanding of the impact of the eruption of Vesuvius, and what we can learn from it today.

Fiorella Squillante holds a degree in modern languages and a post-grad degree in Education & Didactic. She is a specialist in art history and Neapolitan culture and art. She works with the main museums of Naples as a member of the educational section. She also works closely with Friends of Museums from abroad. Fiorella is the president of the cultural association "Fine Arts", which organizes private viewings and themed routes in Naples and Campania, cocktails, and visits to stately homes and private collections. She writes about Naples and Campania for a popular guide book and is the author of a guide to Neapolitan art and architecture called "Naples in 3 days".

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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