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Pompeii – Life in an Ancient Roman City – Part 2 – GI 21 002 (Face to Face)

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14 June 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm BST

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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Monday, repeating until 5 July 2021

Tutor: Rita Jones BA(Hons) DPhil

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Date: 14 June 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Length of Course:
5 weeks
07 June 2021
05 July 2021
£57.00 – £68.50
Reference Code:
GI 21 002
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


This course is primarily seen through the experiences of a series of real inhabitants of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the elite villas that surrounded them after the earthquake of AD 62. We will explore the dramatic changes that occurred as a result of that disaster. Pliny’s eyewitness account of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in AD 79 will also be examined. Finally, we will look into the possibility that survivors resettled in other communities.

There is no need to have attended this class previously to join.

Please note: Due to social distancing measures, face to face classes currently have a capacity of 12 students. We will endeavor to review this number in line with the lifting of Government restrictions.



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About the Speaker

Rita Jones


Rita is a graduate of UCL, Department of Archaeology and currently lectures for The Guildford Institute and the WEA. She focuses predominantly on early classical civilisations, the origins of early man and the first urban settlements in Catal Hoyuk and Jerricho.  Her subject areas are Ancient Mesopotamia (Iran and Iraq), The Holy Land, Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient Egypt, Empires before Alexander, The Ancient Persian Empire, The Etruscans and Greatest Cities and Sites of the Ancient World. The Origins of Civilisation and the fascinating Bronze Age world of the Mycenaeans in Greece and the Minoans in Crete is a particularly fascinating period to study. Over the many years Rita has been lecturing, she has taken students and visited most of the sites covered in her lectures.  All these sites are studied archaeologically and their Classical history is discussed in detail.

Rita lives in Molesey with her two rescued cats and small rescued dog called Digby. She has a son in Wales and a daughter who lives in the States which she visits regularly. Rita also has six grandchildren and two very young great-grandchildren.


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