When in Rome

When in Rome

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A regular podcast series about place and space in…
Villa of the Mysteries
Sep 30 • 31 min
The Villa of the Mysteries is on the outskirts of Pompeii, and it would be like any other Roman villa if it weren’t for a special set of paintings. One room is lavishly decorated on all walls with a fresco depicting what appears to be an initiation…
Villa of the Papyri
Sep 11 • 24 min
The Villa of the Papyri is close to the town of Herculaneum, and one of the most luxurious houses in the Bay of Naples. It takes its name from its valuable library, the only surviving example from antiquity which exists in its entirety. Guest: Dr Sonya…
Housing in Pompeii
Aug 15 • 39 min
Like housing in every city and town, those in Pompeii had a wide array of styles and stature, from the most basic through to the affluent. Walking the streets can give you a strong sense of how everyday Pompeiians lived, if you know what to look for.…
The Pompeii Baths
Jul 24 • 26 min
Baths were the place where Romans of all levels of society could get clean, exercise, do business and socialise. Just like the forum, they were a place of congregation, and the three bath houses in Pompeii speak to their popularity. Guest: Dr Chritopher…
The Pompeii Brothel
Jun 19 • 26 min
As a coastal town, Pompeii had a steady stream of visitors and locals alike who could all ensure the prostitution trade had a robust business. The Pompeii Lupinar, or the brothel, is the one building that we know of in the town dedicated to the pleasures…
The Pompeii Theatre
Jun 5 • 28 min
Pompeii had permanent theatres long before they were built in Rome, and there are two well-preserved theatres in Porta Stabia at the southern end of town. It is here your discerning Pompeiian could take in a popular mime act, or a high-brow orchestral…