Dr. Timothy Carmody to give Pompeii lecture on March 7

Fri, 02/23/2007 (All day)

Feb 16, 2007

Mobile, Ala. — Coffee House Talks, a lecture series offered by Spring Hill College’s Department of Theology, will present “Pompeii” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in Byrne Memorial Hall. Dr. Timothy Carmody, professor and director of graduate theology, is the featured speaker, and his presentation will focus on the daily life of the people of Pompeii. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Pompeii is one of the most famous and tragic cities of antiquity. On Aug. 23, 79 A.D., Pompeii looked like any other busy city. People were moving about, trading goods, sharing news – business as usual. On Aug. 24, Pompeii and the surrounding area vanished under a blanket of volcanic ash when nearby Mt. Vesuvius suddenly erupted. For the next 17 centuries, the city remained lost, forgotten, and amazingly preserved as if sealed in a time capsule. Now more than 2,000 years later, we are learning more and more about the last days of Pompeii.

Carmody is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and a longtime member of the Catholic Biblical Association where he is co-chair of the CBA Task Force on Miracles. Paulist Press published his first book, “Reading the Bible,” in 2004. His second book, “Mark, Question by Question,” is near completion. Carmody has also given lectures on topics such as “The Dead Sea Scrolls” and “The DaVinci Code.”

The excavations at Pompeii have given us our clearest picture of life in a first century Roman city, showing us how similar and yet how different their lives were to our own. Carmody will discuss aspects of their lives including; meals, work and business, politics, death, religion, recreation, families and households, and public works. He will also describe the mechanics of the volcano and how it was recorded by Pliny the Younger.

For more information call (251) 380-4660 or e-mail theology@shc.edu.