Fascinating glimpse into Roman Empire

Before half term, Sixth Form classicists were drawn momentarily into the intimate lives of the Romans in AD 79. Paul Roberts of the British Museum gave an enthralling lecture at Churcher’s College about the lasting impact of the events that happened in just 24 hours when two cities in the Bay of Naples were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Preserved under ash, Pompeii and Herculaneum lay buried for just over 1,600 years, their rediscovery providing an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire. At instant death, the cities and bodies were discovered in breathtaking detail, from the bodies of families contorted in spasms of pain in the basement of their houses to a girl on the beach with her most prized possession – a necklace containing beads from Rome to Iraq. Paul Roberts gave an inspiring lecture encapsulating many diverse topics ranging from history to feminism to chemistry to household dynamics and even to social hierarchy that will continue to fascinate people for centuries to come.

By Sofia Tavener, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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