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Poster for David Fredrick lecture

Toward a Spatial Grammar of Pompeii

Lecture: Other UCB Archaeology | December 7 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Room 370


David Fredrick, Professor, Classical Studies Program, University of Arkansas

Department of Classics, Center for Digital Archaeology


Rather than helping us understand space in Pompeii, the traditional nomenclature of fauces, atrium, tablinum, triclinium, etc. has become a limitation, since it sustains the impression that space in Pompeii is already well understood and forestalls the use of contemporary methods of environmental modeling. As a result, we don’t know, in a statistically useful way, where the art is in Pompeii, or its role in shaping patterns of movement. This paper outlines a multidimensional approach to discovering the spatial grammar of Pompeii, combining a visuospatial database with an art database in order to track relationships between network connectivity, visual integration, and elaboration in decoration. These relationships are then visualized in 3D space within the game engine Unity, which allows for exploration of their phenomenological impact.


tpena@berkeley.edu, 510-643-8964