Instructor: Mr. Thomas Marier
Pompeii. What can we learn from the ruins of this ancient coastal town? What tools and techniques were used in its construction? How was the traffic? How was water delivered? How did the local government work, and how was it tied to the center of power in Rome? Which cults did Pompeians favor? How important were shows and sports to them? Were they primarily producers or consumers? Do their shops offer evidence of a “retail revolution?” Why did the houses have such tiny kitchens? How many had upstairs rooms and for whom? Why the shifting trends in wall decoration? In this mini-course we’ll survey the methods and findings of recent Pompeian archaeology.
Session 1: Infrastructure: Walls, gates, streets, water supply, waste management.
Session 2: Politics, religion, shops, recreation, entertainment, funerary practice.
Session 3: Houses and interior design.
Additional Notes: Proceeds from this course will go toward books, materials, and exams for students participating in the Mythopaloosa at Marist School in February 2020. These students from PATH Academy and schools in the archdiocese with few resources commit to reading and studying for the National Mythology Exam in early March 2020.
Mr. Marier has taught modern and classical languages at Marist School since 1998. Since 2012 he has worked with students to produce the Classical Art Exam (supported by a blog) for the Georgia Junior Classical League. Since 2018 he has also taught an elective course on archaeology.
Marist School’s Alumni Engagement program, which is a key part of the Office for Institutional Advancement, focuses on building, maintaining, and strengthening relationships with the school’s 10,000 alumni as well as with the growing body of parents of alumni. Various alumni initiatives, events, awards, and publications are aimed at fostering relationships that bind the school and alumni in a sense of common purpose and advance the school’s mission and goals.