Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill FBA, Honorary Professor of Roman Studies and Director of Research in Classics, University of Cambridge
‘Herculaneum: has the past a future?’
Recorded at the British Academy Soirée, Tuesday 28 June 2016
Herculaneum, the sister city to Pompeii destroyed by Vesuvius in AD 79, can be seen as the place where in the early 18th century modern attempts to explore and bring back to life the past by excavation begin. After 300 years of excavation, you might imagine we had squeezed this site dry, and found out all we could about its past. But even as the evidence of the past uncovered by previous generations fades and crumbles before our eyes, new evidence emerges. Past and present are in continuous dialogue. We find new images of the past because we have new ways of seeing — new technologies — but also because we have new questions.