Photo: Manuel Perez

Unrolling the Past: Vesuvius and the Villa dei Papiri


Outer Peristyle

This is a past event

The volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 buried the Villa dei Papiri (Villa of Papyruses) and carbonized the papyrus scrolls housed in its enormous library. Discover how the ancient Romans used the mighty papyrus plant to make paper and then write, roll, and seal your own message on papyrus for future generations. Complements the exhibition Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri. This is a free, drop-in program.

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