September 2019

Last Supper in Pompeii

Welcome to The Arts Society Clapham Common
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00
Clapham Picturehouse
76 Venn Street London SW4 0AT

Celebrating the Roman love affair with food and drink 

A new lecture arising from research for the forthcoming exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 25th July 2019-13th January 2020.

For the Romans getting together to eat and drink, in a pub or at a banquet, was a central part of life. We embark on a fascinating (and appetite-whetting) journey from wheat fields and vineyards, to markets and temples, and from household tables to toilets and finally the tomb. New research from Oxford and Italy unveils secrets from vineyards, graves and even the people of Pompeii themselves. 


Dr Paul Roberts

Dr Paul Roberts is the newly appointed Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University. From 1994 to 2014 he was Senior Roman Curator in the Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum, where he was the driving force behind the major exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. At the Ashmolean he worked on an exhibition for 2016 Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Sicily and the Sea- telling the history of Sicily through shipwreck finds around the island. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford and lived in Italy for several years, in Milan, Rome and Naples. He has excavated in Britain, Greece, Libya, Turkey and in particular Italy, where he directs excavations in the Sabine hills near Rome. His research focuses on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people in the Greek and Roman worlds. He has accompanied tours to Sicily, the Bay of Naples and Rome and has written books on Roman daily life, Roman Emperors, mummy portraits and Roman glass. He is currently writing a walking tour of Ancient Rome.