Another Man’s Treasure? The Life and Afterlife of Pompeii’s Waste (REMOTE)

Allison Emmerson
Assistant Professor of Classics, Tulane University
Tuesday August 4
1:30 p.m. EDT

This paper investigates waste management at the Roman Pompeii, tracing the path of refuse it moved across the city and its suburbs. I argue that garbage was an unavoidable part of life in Pompeii, not because the city lacked systems for dealing with waste, but because those systems prioritized recycling and reuse over removal. Studying waste, therefore, reflects not only on Pompeii’s sanitation, but also illuminates essential patterns of its economic and social life.

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