Welcome to Pompeiana.org!
Almost continuously investigated for more than two and one half centuries, Pompeii is one of the great archaeological windows onto the ancient world and has provided generations of scholars and the interested public with fresh insights from a constant stream of new discoveries. And yet despite years of study and broad popular interest, Pompeii “is at once the most studied and the least understood of sites. Universally familiar, its excavation and scholarship prove a nightmare of omissions and disasters. Each generation discovers with horror the extent to which information has been ignored, neglected, destroyed and left unreported and unpublished” (Wallace-Hadrill 1994, 64). When Andrew Wallace-Hadrill published these words in 1994 they were merely the most succinct and cogent expression of what every scholar already knew: working with the ruins of the ancient city is significantly easier than digging through the equally vast and uneven archive of scholarship. Even what has been published is spread across the world in hundreds of libraries and archives, hidden in obscure and defunct journals, travel diaries, monographs and illustrations. Paradoxically, with the efficiency of interlibrary loan departments and electronic means of transmission, it is now easier to acquire the actual publication than it is to first discover that source as a relevant citation. These factors – the importance of Pompeii across the intellectual spectrum and the problems associated with accessing materials for all groups – demonstrate the need for a novel, online resource. Pompeiana.org is intended to fill that gap and to be that resource.
Pompeiana is operated by Eric Poehler, Kevin Cole, Steven Ellis and advised by a board of interested scholars.
Eric E. Poehler is an assistant professor of Classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the founder and managing editor of Pompeiana.org. Poehler has extensive experience researching Pompeii, including fifteen consecutive field seasons working with the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, the Pompeii Forum Project, and the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii. Currently, Poehler co-directs the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, an architectural project examining one of the city’s largest and longest known monumental structures. His research on the organization of the city’s infrastructure, especially the organization of its traffic can be found in the Journal of Roman Archaeology (vol.19:59-74 and forthcoming, vol. 25), Pompeii: Art, Industry and Infrastructure (with K. Cole and M. Flohr, eds), and of course, right here on Pompeiana.org.
Kevin R. Cole is the lead content editor for Pompeiana.org. Kevin has worked in Morgantina, Sicily and most recently, in Isthmia, Greece in addition to Pompeii. His work in Pompeii began in 2001 and focuses on the effects of the monumentalizing of the forum on the surrounding neighborhoods and can be found here on Pompeiana.org.
Dr. Steven J. R. Ellis Steven Ellis is Asst. Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati. Specializing in Roman archaeology, he is actively involved in the archaeological research and publication of urban and sacred sites in Italy and Greece. In Italy, Steven directs the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia and co-directs the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, while in Greece he is the co-director of the East Isthmia Archaeology Project. A recipient of many international awards, including research grants and fellowships from National Geographic and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and with regular appearances on the National Geographic Channel and as a lecturer on the AIA’s national circuit, Steven has recently published a book on The Making of Pompeii: Studies in the history and urban development of an ancient town (2011), complementing his many other interdisciplinary publications that illustrate the role that non-elites played in the shaping of ancient cities, social habits, and customs in antiquity; and on retailing in the Roman world.
Academic Advisory Board:
Dr. John J. Dobbins – University of Virginia
John Dobbins is a Classical Archaeologist who specializes in ancient Roman art and archaeology. He has excavated in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Syria, but for many years his research focus has been on Italy where he is the Director of the Pompeii Forum Project. He has also collaborated with Malcolm Bell in preparing the final publication of the theater at Morgantina.
Dr. Bernard Frischer – University of Virginia
Bernard Frischer is the author of five books and many articles on virtual heritage and on the Classical world and its survival. He received his B.A. in Classics from Wesleyan University in 1971 and his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Heidelberg in 1975. He taught Classics at UCLA from 1976 to 2004. Since then he has been Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Virginia, where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.
We are always looking to improve this site by adding content, easing navigation within it, and facilitating better communication in the online community. Criticisms and suggestions may be sent to Pompeiana@gmail.com