Photo: Manuel Perez

Unrolling the Past: Vesuvius and the Villa dei Papiri


Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 11 am - 3 pm

Outer Peristyle

Free | Advance Villa entry ticket required

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The volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 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. This is a free, drop-in program.

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