Pompeii – (1×60′) – Cambridge Professor of Classics Mary Beard provides viewers with a fascinating new insight into the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption. We know from the preserved remains how the people of Pompeii died, but how did they live?
In a dark cellar in Oplontis, a suburb of ancient Pompeii, the remains of more than 50 victims of the eruption are about to be put under the microscope of forensic science. The remains will be submitted to a barrage of tests that, together with a fresh look at other finds in the city, will unlock a valuable scientific snapshot of Pompeian life – and there are some surprises in store.
We often imagine that the Romans were much shorter than we are and that they all died young. These skeletons will help us to reconstruct a very different story.