Sunday, 2:00 pm
Pompeii Lecture Series
Mount Vesuvius in Human History
The Pompeii Lecture Series, presented in conjunction with the Franklin Institute's new "A Day in Pompeii" exhibition, kicks off with this talk by Dr. Robert Giegengack, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Mount Vesuvius is the most active volcano in Europe and the Mediterranean; its explosive eruption in 79 CE produced a cloud of heated dust and gases that killed about 16,000 people in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the adjacent countryside. In this lecture, Dr. Giegengack discusses the history and science surrounding the eruptions of Vesuvius and other volcanoes in the Calabrian Arc. Admission: $10, general public; $5, Penn Museum members and Franklin Institute members. Members must sign in on the ticketing site to receive member discount at checkout.
Lithograph of Pompeii and Vesuvius (public domain image).