Director of major excavations at Pompeii gives free lecture on May at Cincinnati Museum Center 17

Steven Ellis, assistant professor of classics at UC, is Museum Center’s 2012 Distinguished Lecturer

CINCINNATI – Did you know that one of the most exciting and rigorous research programs at Pompeii is coordinated by the University of Cincinnati (UC) department of classics? On May 17, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and hear from Dr. Steven Ellis, assistant professor of classics at UC as our Insights Series Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Ellis is a Roman archaeologist who is actively engaged in archaeological research and publication of urban and sacred sites in Italy and Greece. He is internationally regarded as a pioneer in archaeological research, and a recent recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize, an award to recognize the uncommon promise of young or middle-stage scholars and artists.

On Thursday, May 17, Dr. Ellis will talk about the latest results from his Pompeii excavations – a perfect complement to our current exhibit, A Day in Pompeii. Join us at 6 p.m. for light h’orderves in the Museum of Natural History & Science followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Reakirt Auditorium. Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public. Space is limited at the lecture, seating is first come first served. All lectures qualify teachers for 2 CEU credits.

If you haven’t seen our blockbuster exhibition, A Day in Pompeii, what are you waiting for? The Roman city of Pompeii was frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Frescos, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold coins, and hundreds of priceless ancient artifacts join body casts of the volcano’s victims, eerily preserved in their final frantic moments. Cincinnati is one of only four stops, and the only stop in the Midwest for this exhibit. A Day in Pompeii is open late every Friday and Saturday night. The last entry is at 8 p.m.

For more information about Dr. Ellis’ lecture or A Day in Pompeii, visit

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