Escape from Pompeii - Sunday Seminar Series

Sun 22 Oct 2017Sun 26 Nov 2017

3:00pm4:00pm

WA Maritime Museum


Join us for a unique series of expert talks that delve into the history, science and culture behind life around the Bay of Naples 2000 years ago.

To attend the seminar, click on the 'book now' link.

Your seminar ticket entitles you to free entry to Escape from Pompeii: the untold Roman rescue exhibition and the WA Maritime Museum. Seminars are $10.00 per person. If you attend the first 4, you can attend the 5th for free.

Seminar 1 - An archaeological overview of the areas affected by Mount Vesuvius eruption (79 AD).

A story of water, fire, air and earth, retold through a 'dialogue' between humanistic and scientific disciplines.

Presenter: Aureliana Di Rollo
Authors: Aureliana Di Rollo with the contribution of Ornella Volpicelli

About the Presenter: Aureliana Di Rollo has extensive experience in research, teaching and writing. Her research interests include linguistics; ancient studies; opera; literature and gender studies. Before moving to Australia, she taught Latin and ancient Greek in Italian Liceo Classico for over 10 years. Aureliana completed her PhD at Monash (Victoria) in 2013. Aureliana teaches Italian at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and Italian and French at Perth Modern. In collaboration with the Italian Consulate of Italy and WAO (West Australian Opera), Aureliana has run a series of courses of Italian language based on the innovative idea of teaching Italian language through opera, its music and librettos. 

Date: Sunday 22 October
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, WA Maritime Museum
Cost: $10.00 per person: $40.00 for all 5 seminars
Bookings: Are essential and can be made using the button below or by calling 1300 134 081

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Seminar 2 - Love and Lust in Pompeii: Roman Sex and Sexuality

The rediscovery of Pompeii in 1599 was shocking for more than one reason. The nature of many of the artefacts such as erotic artwork adorning many of the walls, the brothel and the priapic good-luck charms led to the King Francis locking many of the artefacts in a secret cabinet restricted only to those of mature age and commendable moral stature. Come discover the artwork and artefacts that reveal Ancient Roman sex and sexuality. 

Presenter: Danielle McCabe

About the Presenter: Danielle McCabe spent a number of years as a tour guide in Rome, specialising in the Palatine Hill, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. She studied Ancient History at Notre Dame and University of Western Australia with a focus on the Ancient Roman world.  She now teaches Ancient History at Mount Lawley Senior High School. 

Date: Sunday 29 October
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, WA Maritime Museum
Cost: $10.00 per seminar; $40.00 for all 5 seminars
Bookings: Are essential and can be made using the button below or by calling 1300 134 081

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Seminar 3 - An Introduction to the Roman Navy: Ships, Weapons and Tactics

The Roman Navy was instrumental in ancient Rome becoming the worlds first super power. The Navy, always subservient to Rome’s Army, was able to control the Mediterranean, destroy pirates and enemy fleets, secure its vital lines of communications, and transport troops and supplies throughout the empire. Its dominance allowed Rome’s wealth to be shipped through over 420 ports in the Mediterranean and beyond.  Michael will provide an introduction on the Roman Navy; the ship types from the small Liburna to the Triremes that were the mainstay of the fleets, how they were crewed, constructed and the tactics of ancient naval warfare.

Presenter: Colonel Michael Edward Page    

About the Presenter: Colonel Page attended the Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU) graduating in 1982 into the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. His extensive training appointments have included; Course Commander OCTU - Course 25, Military Operations, Senior and Chief Instructor at the Officer Promotions Wing, Assistant Chief Instructor and Land Operations Module Manager at the Australian Command and Staff College.  He is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College, Queenscliff, completing the course in 1999. He was promoted Colonel in 2007, and posted as the Director Army Personnel Agency Perth, and subsequently the Directors of Studies – Army Reserve at the Australian Command and Staff College, Canberra in 2012. His last posting in 2013 was as the Senior Military Liaison Officer at the Directorate of Indigenous Affairs, Canberra. He completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia in 2011.  He was awarded the Rae Metcalf African History and the UWA Convocation History prizes in 2011 and a Jean Rogerson Honours Scholarship in 2013, he completed Honours in History in 2014. 

Date: Sunday 5 November
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, WA Maritime Museum
Cost: $10.00 per seminar; $40.00 for all 5 seminars
Bookings: Are essential and can be made using the button below or by calling 1300 134 081

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Seminar 4 - Volcanic Eruptions and Pompeii

The ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum met their demise in 79 AD due to a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius one of three major volcanoes in the region around the city of Naples. In this presentation the geological aspects and results of significant volcanic eruptions are briefly examined. The fate suffered by Pompeii and Herculaneum and their inhabitants are discussed.

Presenter: Franco Pirajno

About the Presenter: (Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia); geoscientist with some 50 years of experience in tectonics, ore deposit geology and mineral exploration in Europe, southern Africa, South East Asia, New Zealand, the southwest Pacific, China, Greenland, Siberia, and Australia. Franco spent his childhood years in Pompeii and witnessed the 1944 eruption, which left an indelible influence in his young life and eventually led him to the Vesuvius Volcano Observatory (University Federico II, Naples) where he obtained his doctorate in Geological Sciences following a thesis on volcanology.

Date: Sunday 12 November
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, WA Maritime Museum
Cost: $10.00 per seminar; $40.00 for all 5 seminars
Bookings: Are essential and can be made using the button below or by calling 1300 134 081

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Seminar 5 - Foods from Pompeii – fish sauce, olive oil and wine…but no tomato

Exactly what tastes of food could people have enjoyed in the towns and countryside around the Bay of Naples in the shadow of Vesuvius?. Bread might be the most common foodstuff we know of in the ancient diet, but from both locally grown and imported foods there are some surprises in ancient meals.

Moya will discuss what we know of ancient foods from the exhibition Escape from Pompeii, as well as ancient sources, including Pliny the Elder’s 37 volume Natural Histories: … olive oil … by age it acquires a bad flavour, and at the end of a year it is already old . She will include some recipes for the adventurous to try at home.

Presenter: Dr Moya Smith

About the Presenter: Dr Moya Smith is head of the WA Museum's Anthropology & Archaeology Dept. She is WAM curator for the exhibition Escape from Pompeii: the Untold Roman Rescue. With a background that spans the Archaeology of the Mediterranean rim, as well as Western Australia, Moya has been privileged to curate a range of travelling exhibitions, including Greeks, Romans and Etruscans and A Day in Pompeii. The current exhibition draws on the words of the commander of the Roman Western Mediterranean fleet at the time of the eruption, Pliny the Elder. He is one of the ancient sources whose comments about ancient food survive today.

Date: Sunday 26 November
Time: 3-4pm
Location: Lecture Theatre, WA Maritime Museum
Cost: $10.00 per seminar; $40.00 for all 5 seminars
Bookings: Are essential and can be made using the button below or by calling 1300 134 081

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Escape from Pompeii - Sunday Seminar Series

Photo credit: Dr Ornella Volpicelli

Getting Here

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle

Address

Victoria Quay,
Fremantle,
Western Australia,
6160,
Australia

Phone
1300 134 081

Google map of Western Australian Museum - Fremantle

By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

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