We will use the evidence of town planning, architecture, sculpture, mosaic, and fresco, supported by contemporary literature, to reconstruct something of the fabric of everyday life in ancient Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other Vesuvian sites. The lecture will contrast the world of public affairs, business, and aristocratic display (what Romans called negotium) with the more private world of relaxation in elite town-houses and villas (otium).
Educated at King's College Cambridge and Institute of Archaeology UCL. Works as lecturer, writer, archaeologist and occasional broadcaster. Research Fellow, University of Bristol. Editor, Military History Monthly. Director, Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project. Director, Great Arab Revolt Project. Author of The Decline and Fall of Roman Britain, Apocalypse, Hidden Treasure, Rome: Empire of the Eagles, and The Ancient Greek Olympics: a visitor's guide. Author of forthcoming Lawrence of Arabia's War. Major TV appearances include Channel 4's Time Team, BBC2's Timewatch, Channel Five's Boudica Revealed and Sky Atlantic's The British.