Make your own mosaics and learn about the ancient city of Pompeii!
Pompeii is an ancient Roman city near Naples and was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BCE. The town was covered with a thick layer of pumice and ash, which preserved many of its artifacts. These includes mosaics – pictures and designs made from an arrangement of small covered pieces of tile, stone or glass. In Pompeii, mosaics often covered the floor like carpets and rugs would today.
We’ll be reading a story about Pompeii and viewing some pictures of the city. Afterwards, we’ll try making our own mosaics. See if yours can rival the ancient examples!
This event is presented as part of our 2013 Summer Reading Program – “Dig Into Reading.” Look out for more upcoming events from this series, like the magician Andrew Pinard on August 7th!
Date: Wednesday, July 31st
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Sanbornton Public Library
Want to already start learning about Pompeii and its mosaics? Try these websites and articles!
www.pompeionline.net – The official website of the Pompeii ruins. It provides a great deal of information about the ruins, including the various buildings and their artwork.
http://www.pompeionline.net/en/pompeii-ruins/pompeii-arts/pompeian-mosaic – Part of the ruins’ official website, this page is your go-to source for information on mosaics in Pompeii. It provides an overview about the different types of mosaics found in ancient Rome, and then goes into specific examples of pieces from the city. Some of the information gets a bit technical, but it is all accompanied by great pictures.
http://www.history.com/topics/pompeii – The History Channel’s page on Pompeii. This is a useful portal with videos and images.