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Oplontis (Pompeii) Special Programming

Leisure & Luxury Faculty and Distinguished Guests Lecture Series

6pm | Hager Auditorium | Free to the public | Reception to follow each lecture
Explore a diverse range of topics related to the exhibition, Leisure & Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii. Led by faculty from Montana State University and visiting presenters, this series of lectures will highlight the unique connections between the ecosystems and cultural systems of the Yellowstone region and the ancient Bay of Naples.

Staging Oplontis: A Brief History of the Recovery and Recreation of Villas A & B
Thursday, October 6
Dr. Regina Gee, Associate Professor of Art History, Montana State University 

Vesuvius in Ash and Ink: Geologic and Literary Chronicles of a Catastrophe
Thursday, October 20
Dr. David Bowen, Assistant Research Professor of Earth Sciences, Montana State University and Megan Bowen, Ph.D. candidate in Classics, University of Virginia

Avatar: The Edges of Yellowstone
Thursday, November 3
Suzanne Lewis, Former Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park; John Brittingham, Professor of Architecture, Montana State University; Paul Bertelli, JLF + Associates, Architects and Planners

Introduction to Ancient Coins
Thursday, November 17
Dr. Warren Esty, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Montana State University

Andromeda Unchained: Possession, Perception, and Adornment in Pompeian Wall Painting
Thursday, December 1
Dr. Neville McFerrin, Visiting Professor of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, Bryn Mawr College 


Wonderlust Course: Leisure and Luxury on the Ancient Roman Bay of Naples – A Cultural History

Wednesdays, October 12 – November 16 (6 weeks) | 1:30 - 3:30pm | Hager Auditorium $75 for Wonderlust or MOR members | $110 for non-members
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

In partnership with Wonderlust, MOR will host a six-week workshop for adults led by Dr. Regina Gee on the exhibition. The course is a cultural study of the Roman town of Pompeii, famously buried in the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Topics include its richly evocative and complex history as a prosperous town on the Bay of Naples in the ancient world, with vibrant entries into conversations about art and architecture as experienced in the context of daily life. For more information, or to register, visit