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Talk: Pompeii and Stabiae
Date: 3 October 2008 (Friday)

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Hong Kong have the pleasure of inviting you to a talk:

Pompeii and Stabiae: Private Architecture and Society of the Bay of Naples

Talk by Architect Angela Vinci
Director of Exhibitions at the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation

Date: October 3, 2008 (Friday)
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Venue: Convocation Room, Room 218, Main Building
Language: English

On 24 August AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, entombing the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stabiae, a region about 5 kilometres south of Pompeii was also buried. The villas at Stabiae were summer palaces belonging to the wealthy Roman elite. In her talk, Ms. Vinci will discuss how, during the period between the late Republic and the first Empire, private architecture was conceived and executed in accordance with the image owners wanted to project of themselves. She will examine how different architectural typologies follow criteria of worth and sumptuousness which, according to the Roman architect Vitruvio, have more to do with the owners’ power and reputation than their actual wealth, and appear to be a tangible reflection of the social stratification within the city. In English.

Click on this link to download the poster

Supported by:
The Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong
Department of Fine Arts, The University of Hong Kong

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Georgina Challen (2219 4404 /

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