Tentative Schedule and Readings

An Online NEH Summer Seminar, July 12-30, 2021 for K-12 Teachers

Week 1

July 11

We will meet each other by Zoom and discuss the upcoming schedule of the seminar.

July 12

Reading: Petronius 6.4-8.4; 111.1-112.8
Main discussion: (BSH) Roman Women I
Mini-lectures: (MP) brothels and prostitution, (BSH) Roman funeral practice
Afternoon: Introduction to Latin graffiti

July 13

Reading: Petronius 26.7-29.8
Main discussion: (MP) Baths and Bathing
Mini-lectures: (MP) latrines, (BSH) Roman body modification
Afternoon: Sexual graffiti

July 14

Reading: Petronius 29.9-33.2
Main discussion: (BSH) Slaves and Slavery
Mini-lectures: (MP) Romans tell time, (MP) board games
Afternoon: Love, hellos/goodbyes, some bodily functions in the graffiti

July 15

Reading: Petronius 33.2-34.10; 35.7-36.8
Main discussion: (BSH) Dining
Mini-lectures: (BSH) Roman conceptions of the afterlife, (MP) Dishware
Afternoon: Names and individuals in the graffiti

July 16

Reading: Petronius 37.1-38.16; 41.1-8 
Main discussion: (MP) Food
Mini-lectures: (MP) coins/monetary system, (BSH) employment/trades of freedmen and upper class attitudes towards them
Afternoon: Money, prices, and food graffiti (CIL 4.5380, 4.10674)
Evening: Pedagogy discussion

July 17

Movie night. We will watch together and then discuss a classic movie/tv show that features various aspects of Roman daily life.

July 19

Reading: Petronius 41.9-44.14
Main discussion: (RB) The Wall Inscriptions of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Mini-lectures: (MP) fullers and fulleries, (RB) bread and bakeries
Afternoon: Electoral inscriptions

July 20

Reading: Petronius 45.1-46.8
Main discussion: (RB) Gladiators
Mini-lectures: (MP) language of the freedmen, (MP) Roman pets
Afternoon: Gladiatorial inscriptions and graffiti

July 21

Reading: Petronius 47.8-50.2
Main discussion: (MP) Education
Mini-lectures: (RB) libraries, (MP) literacy
Afternoon: Popular poetry in the graffiti

July 22

Reading: Petronius 53.11-54.5; 59.3-60.4; 64.5-64.13
Main discussion: (RB) Roman Women II
Mini-lectures: (RB) perfume
Afternoon: Women in the epigraphy of Pompeii

July 23

Reading: Petronius 57.1-58.11
Main discussion: (MP) Freedmen
Mini-lectures: (RB) seviri Augustales, (MP) Saturnalia
Afternoon: Roman naming practices; additional epigraphical resources
Evening: Graffiti from the columns of the Great Palaestra in Pompeii

July 25

To be announced.

July 26

Reading: Petronius 71.1-72.2; 72.5-73.3
Main discussion: (JH) Mythology in Pompeian wall painting 
Mini-lectures: (JH) water supply, (MP) Roman/Pompeian tombs
Afternoon: Some last must-see, greatest hits of Pompeian graffiti

July 27

Reading: Petronius 73.6-74.3; 74.8-14; 74.17-76.9
Main discussion: (JH) Roman Houses
Mini-lectures: (JH) Roman superstitions, (MP) clothing (toga, stola, tunic)
Afternoon: Graffiti from Herculaneum

July 28

Reading: Petronius 78.5-79.7; 92.1-2; 95.1-9; 96.4-6; 97.1-4
Main discussion: (MP) Inns and Bars
Mini-lectures: (JH) fire patrol, (JH) street life
Afternoon: Graffiti from the bars in Pompeii

July 29

Reading: Petronius 61.1-63.2
Main discussion: (JH) The Soundscape of Petronius’ Satyrica
Very Mini-lecture: (MP) Allia Potestas inscription
Afternoon: Participant Presentations

July 30

Participant Presentations

Required Texts (provided by the seminar)

  • The Fires of Vesuvius by Mary Beard
  • Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook by Alison Cooley
  • The Complete Pompeii by Joanne Berry
  • The Satyrica of Petronius by Beth Severy-Hoven
  • Petronius. Satyricon translated by Sarah Ruden

Selected Bibliography

Benefiel, Rebecca R. "Dialogues of ancient graffiti in the house of Maius Castricius in Pompeii." American Journal of Archaeology (2010): 59-101.

Benefiel, Rebecca R. "Amianth, a Ball-Game, and Making One's Mark CIL IV 1936 and 1936a." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (2008): 193-200.

Benefiel, Rebecca R. "Magic Squares, Alphabet Jumbles, Riddles and More: The Culture of Word-Games among the Graffiti of Pompeii:" The Muse at Play: Riddles and Wordplay in Greek and Latin Poetry 305 (2012): 65-79.

Hartnett, Jeremy. "Si quis hic sederit: Streetside benches and urban society in Pompeii." American Journal of Archaeology (2008): 91-119.

Hartnett, Jeremy. "The Power of Nuisances on the Roman Street'." Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space (2011): 135-159.

Panciera, Matthew. "Hamillus/Sullimah: Sex, Fiction, and the Significance of Ananyms in Pompeii." Classical Philology 106.1 (2011): 53-60.

Severy‐Hoven, Beth. "Master Narratives and the Wall Painting of the House of the Vettii, Pompeii." Gender & History 24.3 (2012): 540-580.

Coleman, Kathleen M. "A left-handed gladiator at Pompeii." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (1996): 194-196.

Moeller, Walter O. "The riot of AD 59 at Pompeii." Historia: Zeitschrift fur Alte Geschichte (1970): 84-95.

Andreau, Jean. "Freedmen in the Satyrica." Petronius: a handbook (2009): 114-124.

Verboven, Koenraad. "A funny thing happened on my way to the market. Reading Petronius to write economic history." Petronius: A Handbook (2009): 125- 139.

Hope, Valerie M. "At Home with the Dead." Petronius: A Handbook (2009): 140-160.

Hales, Shelley. "Freedmen's Cribs." Petronius: A Handbook (2009): 161-180.

Bodel, John. "Trimalchio and the Candelabrum." Classical Philology (1989): 224-231.

Bodel, John. "Omnia in nummis: Money and the monetary Economy in Petronius." Moneta mercanti banchieri: i precedenti greci e romani dell'euro: atti del Convegno internazionale: Cividale del Friuli, 26-28 settembre 2002 2 (2003): 271.

Bodel, John. "Missing Links: Thymatulum or Tomaculum?." Harvard Studies in Classical Philology (1989): 349-366.

ELLIS, SJR. "Pes dexter: Superstition and the state in the shaping of shop-fronts and street activity in the Roman world." R. LAURENCE and DJ NEWSOME (edd.) Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space, London (2011): 160-73.

Ellis, Steven, and Gary Devore. "Uncovering Plebeian Pompeii: Broader implications from excavating a forgotten working-class neighbourhood." Studi della Soprintendenza archeologica di Pompei 25.25 (2008): 309-320.

Kaiser, Alan. "Cart Traffic Flow in Pompeii and Rome'." R. Laurence & DJ Newsome (edd.), Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space (2011): 174-193.

Van Nes, Akkelies. "Measuring Spatial Visibility, Adjacency, Permeability and Degrees of Street Life in Pompeii'." Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space 100 (2011).

Jones, F. "Realism in Petronius." In Groningen Colloquia on the Novel, vol. 4, pp. 105- 19. 1991.

Kleijwegt, Marc. "The Social Dimensions of Gladiatorial Combat in Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis." In Groningen Colloquia on the Novel, vol. 9, pp. 75-96. Egbert Forsten, 1998.

Schmeling, Gareth. "Petronius and the Satyrica." Latin Fiction: The Latin Novel in Context (1999): 23-37.

Dunbabin, Katherine. "Baiarum grata voluptas: Pleasures and Dangers of the Baths." Papers of the British School at Rome 57 (1989): 6-46.

Clarke, John R. "Look Who's Laughing at Sex: Men and Women Viewers in the Apodyterium of the Suburban Baths at Pompeii." Fredrick 2002 (2002): 149-81.

Ellis, Steven JR. "The Pompeian Bar: archaeology and the role of food and drink outlets in an ancient community." Food and History 2.1 (2004): 41-58.

Curtis, Robert I. "The salted fish industry of Pompeii." Archaeology (1984): 58-75.

D'Arms, John H. "Slaves at Roman convivia." Dining in a classical context (1991): 171-83.

D'Arms, John H. "The culinary reality of roman upper-class convivia: integrating texts and images." Comparative studies in society and history 46.03 (2004): 428-450.

Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew. "The social spread of Roman luxury: sampling Pompeii and Herculaneum." Papers of the British School at Rome 58 (1990): 145-192.

Franklin, James L. "Vergil at Pompeii: A Teacher's Aid." Classical Journal (1996): 175-184.

Levin-Richardson, Sarah. "Facilis hic futuit: Graffiti and Masculinity in Pompeii's' Purpose-Built'Brothel." Helios 38.1 (2011): 59-78.

Franklin, James L. "Games and a Lupanar: prosopography of a neighborhood in ancient Pompeii." Classical Journal (1986): 319-328.

Milnor, Kristina. "Between epigraph and epigram: Pompeian wall writing and the Latin literary tradition." Ramus 40.2 (2011): 198.