‘The historical context of Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen’ – lecture Friday 27th Jan 2023

    Supporting the matinee performance of the Warwick Classics 2023 Ancient Drama Festival Production of Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen at Warwick Arts Centre on Friday 27th January 2023, the Department of Classics and Ancient History is offering a series of lectures, discussions, and seminars specifically for school students, and designed to link in with Greek, Classical Civilisation, Ancient […]

    WCN A. G. Leventis Ancient Worlds Day – ‘Epic Worlds’ 28th June 2023

    On 28th June 2023 the Warwick Classics Network will be running their popular annual A. G. Leventis Ancient Worlds Day for schools. This year’s theme is ‘Epic Worlds’ and Michael will be talking on epic and Ancient Greece (title tbc). Follow this link for information on past events and on information on booking your place […]

Past Events

    The Gritty Realities of the Ancient Olympic Games – 30th June 2022

    As we get ready for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, in this talk, we will put ourselves in the footsteps of those who attended the ancient Olympics. Just what did it take to get to ancient Olympia? What did you have to bring with you – as athlete and as spectator? Where did you sleep? What […]

    The Realities of the ancient Olympics – 29th June 2022

    As part of the University of Warwick’s Warwick Classics Network A. G. Leventis Ancient Worlds Study Day 2022 (warwick.ac.uk)  Michael will be talking to school children from across the country on ‘The Gritty Realities of the Ancient Olympics’. Find out more about the program of the day here.  

    Warwick Xmas Lectures – 6th December 7pm

    As part of this year’s Warwick Xmas Lectures, I will be appearing as one of Dr Rachel Edwards’ special guests in a talk on ‘Seeing sound’ (with some ancient Greek history thrown in!). More details coming soon! For more information on the event and to book tickets, follow this link.  

    Was there Fake News in Ancient Athens? – 25 November 2021

    Ancient Athens is thought as the world’s first democracy. Our modern political systems are often linked back to the democratic practices of that time. But what about our modern-day political problems too? Was fake news a problem in ancient Athens? Was there a ‘crisis of truth’ then as Barack Obama thinks there is today? This […]

    Considering Drama – 23rd November 2021

    Considering Drama – 23rd November 2021 – Three free live Zoom talks about the power and potential of great drama On 23rd November I will be talking about Antigone and the challenges of staging Antigone from the perspective of conveying what would have been particularly shocking / thought-provoking / important to the ancient Greek audience […]

    IASTE 2021: Virtual Traditions

    Michael will be speaking at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE), SEPTEMBER 2nd 2021 at Nottingham Trent University, UK. Watch this space for more details soon, and follow this link to learn more about the conference.

    On Disruptions in History and Archaeology – Saturday, September 5th 2020

    On Saturday, September 5th 2020 at 14:55 – 15:10, Michael will be speaking at the IASTE (International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments) Virtual Event ‘Disruptive Traditions: The Pandemic and it’s Impact on Traditional Built Environments’ on Disruptions in History and Archaeology. REGISTRATION AND ATTENDANCE In this first IASTE VIRTUAL SEMINAR event, the IASTE […]

Michael Scott, whose BBC documentary series ‘Invisible Cities’ delved beneath Naples, Rome and Athens – amongst other cities – talks about his experiences at Herculaneum and examines what else may yet be uncovered.

ICS/ Herculaneum Society Lecture: 'Invisible Herculaneum'
Image: Imprint in volcanic mud of the head of a statue of Marcus Nonius Balbus, in the buried theatre at Herculaneum. The statue itself is now in the Archaeological Museum in Naples. (Credit Peter Spital)

In 79CE, the seaside town of Herculaneum, with a population of about 5000, was buried 20 metres deep under the volcanic material of the super-heated pyroclastic surge from Vesuvius. The eruption killed those who had not managed to escape, but preserved their villas, wooden furniture, artefacts, shops, baths, sewers, theatre and statues. It also buried the only Greco-Roman library to survive into the modern era, and it is hoped that new techniques may soon enable its hundreds of carbonised papyrus scrolls to be read once more. Two-thirds of Herculaneum, which lies beneath the modern town of Ercolano, still remains unexplored.

Michael Scott, academic, author and broadcaster in history and archaeology, is a Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick https://michaelscottweb.com/

19 February 2020, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


Valerie James
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