Herculaneum Society lecture: Professor Steven Tuck on ‘Can we find survivors from the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79?’

The Herculaneum Society is very pleased to host an online lecture by Professor Steven Tuck of Miami University, Ohio, on Saturday 27 February at 4:00 pm. To register please email [email protected].   

Abstract: This lecture proposes answers to the questions of who – if anyone – survived the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, and where any survivors relocated. After creating 8 categories of evidence that might indicate refugee resettlement, names from many Roman cities were analyzed. Analysis found that refugees resettled in Cumae, Neapolis, and Puteoli, more people survived from Pompeii than from Herculaneum, that most stayed in coastal Campania, and that government intervention and support came after resettlement, but did not drive it. Additionally, some refugees seem to have selected their refuge cities based on social and economic networks.