Pompeii on BBC Two


Mary Beard, Cambridge Professor of Classics and author of Pompeii – The Life Of A Roman Town, gleans evidence from an extraordinary find in the ancient city of Pompeii to provide a fascinating new insight into the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption in 79AD.

In a dark cellar in Oplontis, a suburb of ancient Pompeii, the remains of more than 50 victims of the eruption are put under the microscope of forensic science. The remains are submitted to a barrage of tests that, together with a fresh look at other finds in the city, unlock a valuable scientific snapshot of Pompeiian life – and there are some surprises in store.

The programme features a visit to bars, dining rooms and an ancient cesspit, where viewers can see what really went through ancient digestive tracts.


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