A Walk Around Ancient Pompeii

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Classical Archaeology and Art History


Dr. Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons has been interested in Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius since childhood, when she first discovered her birth date and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD were on the same day. That volcanic event helped preserve the artifacts on which her scholarly career focuses: ancient Roman graffiti. Now she gets to spend nearly every summer walking the streets of the ancient Roman city looking for scribblings of Pompeians who lived nearly 2,000 years ago. Dr. Dibiase-Sammons is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Mississippi and was the 2021 recipient of the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award in Humanities. Her current research investigates the aesthetics of ancient graffiti and graffiti made using charcoal. Jackie has also pioneered the application of several digital technologies to record and visualize ancient Roman graffiti. For the past several years she has included students in this research as part of the Ancient Graffiti Project, for which she served as Field Director.

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