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Getty | Bacchus Uncorked: Wine Shops of Pompeii
September 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Among the houses and shops of ancient Pompeii, archaeologists frequently find evidence for wine shops or bars. They line main roads and back streets and collect at busy intersections and near major public buildings. These retail outlets point to an urban culture for which wines, both local and foreign, were integral to Pompeian consumption. What can we know about the role of wine bars in a Roman city? Archaeologist Steven Ellis draws from his long-term excavations of a large Pompeian neighborhood for a behind-the-scenes look at the archaeology of bar culture.
Steven Ellis is a Roman archaeologist whose research activities and publications spring from his interests in ancient cities and urban life. He has conducted fieldwork throughout Italy and Greece, and directs the University of Cincinnati’s excavations at both Pompeii (the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia) and Sardinia (the Tharros Archaeological Research Project). He has published on diverse topics including Roman retail spaces; urban waste management; Greek and Roman superstitions; Roman coins; urban and sacred infrastructure; and the use of new technologies in archaeological fieldwork. He is the author of The Roman Retail Revolution (Oxford, 2018), an investigation into the social and economic worlds of the Roman shop, focusing on food and drink outlets in particular. Steven is associate professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.
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Image: Reconstruction of a street in the Porta Stabia neighborhood of Pompeii. Image courtesy of Steven Ellis and Gareth Blayney, Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, University of Cincinnati