Last Supper in Pompeii | University of Oxford

Last Supper in Pompeii

Event date
25 Jul 2019 to 12 Jan 2020
Event time
10:00 - 17:00
Venue
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
OX1 2PH
Event type
Exhibitions
Event cost
Standard, Concession: £12.25, £11.25
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Recommended

Everything from the exquisite mosaics in the villas of the wealthy to the remains found in kitchen drains reveals what the people of Pompeii loved to eat and drink. The Ashmolean’s 2019 summer exhibition will tell the story of this ancient Roman town’s love affair with food.

When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people in the resort-town were engaged in typically Italian activities – eating, drinking and producing food. Located in the sunny paradise of southern Italy, Pompeii was sandwiched between lush vineyards and fertile orchards to one side and the bountiful waters of the Bay of Naples to the other. The town produced more wine, olive oil and fish-sauce than it could consume and exported its gourmet products across the Mediterranean.

Many of the objects, on loan from Naples and Pompeii, have never before left the country. They range from the luxury furnishings of the Roman dining room, to the carbonised food that was on the table when the volcano erupted.