This program was a very informative examination about how the Pompeiians lived, worked, and ultimately perished at the time of Vesuvius's eruption. The presenter used detailed maps of the city plan and guided us through areas with her orange dot marker (very helpful). Viewers saw the Forum, the Bath Houses (and learned how the water was acquired but could be "nasty" due to its stagnation), the plots of many tavernas which sold street food (unhygienic by today's standards), and learned about the posted content of various samples of graffiti. I enjoyed the tour and mock-up of the large home of a rich banker--helps to understand how some lived. As expected, a discussion of the destructive natural disasters (earthquake of AD 69 and volcano eruption of AD 79) was provided at the end along with what is being done re: excavation and maintenance of this valuable time capsule. As I have visited this site twice, was most interested in this session and learned even more!
Dr. Meskanen provides a comprehensive overview of life and death in Pompeii from the perspective of an archeologist. She is well-organized, uses visuals effectively and is a cheerful enthusiastic speaker.
I especially liked that Dr.Meskanen began the program by showing detailed maps, first of the location of the various cities affected by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and then of the plat and layout of Pompeii. This helped me visualize both the scope of the later devastation and the everyday life in Pompeii. I only wish the program had been longer, to allow for more focus on the devastation of the eruption and perhaps what happened to the citizens who managed to flee to safety.
Dr. Meskanen provided a vivid picture of life in Pompeii and the destruction and deaths caused by the volcano. she is an excellent lecturer and very knowledgeable.
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