Simulacrum and Re-enactments: the experience of Pompeii in the nineteeth century
Title: Simulacrum and Re-enactments: the experience of Pompeii in the nineteeth century
Author: BEARD, Mary
Series/Number: EUI MWP LS; 2010/01
This lecture traces the changing experience of visiting Pompeii through the nineteenth century. It argues against the standard idea that there was a shift over the century from a Romantic view of the site to a more archaeological approach (which stressed the reconstruction of Roman daily life). It suggests instead that two conflicting visions of the city (“city of the dead”/”city of the living”) were always held in tension.
Subject: Pompeii; history of archaeology; history of tourism; Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Type of Access: openAccess