When Humans Become Artifacts: Inventing and Displaying Body Casts at Pompeii (REMOTE)

Kevin Dicus
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Oregon
Tuesday August 11
1:30 p.m. EDT

This talk examines the modern life histories of Pompeii’s body casts. Modern intervention, and even fabrication, have blurred the distinction between ancient and modern so that they are far from being snapshots of that infamous day. From the contrived biographies assigned to the victims, to the methods of forming and displaying the casts, they potentially present distorted information about how the people lived and died. However, recent scientific analysis, introduced in this talk, seeks to remedy this and to reinstate their original identities as much as possible.

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