Instructor: Regina Gee

Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 12th to Nov. 16th

Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Hager Auditorium, MOR

Held at Museum of the Rockies, this class includes an opportunity to explore The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii with Dr. Regina Gee, guest curator of the exhibit. The Villas at Oplontis (a World Heritage Site near Pompeii) have been under excavation for years. Luxurious Villa A is

believed by some to be the property of Emperor Nero’s second wife. Villa B was a thriving wine export business when, in 79AD, Vesuvius’ eruption buried both villas. Learn about the architecture, marble statuary, fresco fragments, everyday artifacts, even coins and gold jewelry carried by the unfortunates who sought shelter in storage rooms at the water’s edge.

An exhibit of artifacts (including never-before-exhibited items) from Oplontis will be at the Museum of the Rockies, June 18 to December 31, 2016.

Class Format: lecture, discussion, and exhibit visits

Readings (recommended): Exhibit Catalogue

Instructor Bio:  Regina Gee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History at MSU and Adjunct Curator of Art History at MOR, is one of three researchers working on the villas and is an expert on frescos found there. Several years ago, she and her research colleagues from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan received permission from the Superintenza to organize an exhibit of artifacts from the site to travel to the US for the first time.


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