When Mount Vesuvius exploded over Pompeii, it preserved an amazingly detailed record of everyday life in the ancient world. Unsurprisingly, when archaeologists began excavating the site in the eighteenth century, their discoveries inspired the imaginations of hundreds of writers, painters and architects.
Archaeologist Estelle Lazer spent years working in Pompeii, and discovered that these romantic stories and images were not always true to the evidence.
Dr. Estelle Lazer
Dr. Estelle Lazer is an archaeologist and an Honorary Associate with Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney.
In 2009 she published a book titled Resurrecting Pompeii, which uses a close inspection of the skeletal remains to reveal what life was really like before the eruption.