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I learned a lot of wonderful things! A very satisfying experience!
Danielle was excellent! Look forward participating in future lectures.
So many experienced travelers never get beyond Pompeii and Herculaneum to Oplontis at Torre Annunciata, to see the less visited villas and other ruins. The presenter covers history, culture, and the role of women in Roman society of the Vesuvian coast and ties it all in to a luxurious Roman villa and an important ruin of a warehouse to show an enticing bit of life in 79 a.d. and the surprising scientific discoveries they contain or bolster.
This seminar by Daniella Oteri really opened my eyes to another archeological site that perished after the Vesuvius eruption. Did not know about this! The recently taken photos of frescoed walls, mosaic flooring, swimming pool, sculptures, amphorae, etc.,courtyards, brought this site to life. Danielle's description of the structure and function of Villa A (pleasure palace) and Villa B (shipping depot for wine nearby) was so interesting. Speculation about when the volcano really erupted, uncovered by artifacts and dating, was a surprise and raises questions, indeed. I really enjoyed this session and it has spurred me on to do more research.
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