Visiting with the Ancients: Herculaneum, Pompeii, and the Grand Tour


Mar 16, 2014
02:00 PM


The Grand Tour, a phenomenon of upper-class young men from Northern Europe visiting the classical ruins of the south, was well established by the time Herculaneum and then Pompeii were excavated in the 18th century. Their recovery transformed the practice, however, adding a new de rigeur stop on the itinerary where eager antiquarians were promised an opportunity to directly encounter the Roman past. Victoria Coates, Penn Department of Art History, explains how these elite travelers experienced the new excavations. For more information, call 215.898.2680.


$10; $5 for members of the Penn Museum or The Franklin Institute.


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3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA

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