By Sabrina Slagowitz, Pompeii '14
My experience at Pompeii was amazing, as it incorporated two seemingly juxtaposing subjects, science and history into one site. Learning about Mount Vesuvius, the volcano near Pompeii, and about the Pompeiian lifestyle was great because both subjects tied into each other very well. This was mainly due to the fact that the people of Pompeii were wiped out by the pyroclastic flow of Mount Vesuvius which our science teacher, Jen Donovan, taught us about in the morning. The actual site of Pompeii was beautiful and the preservation of the original buildings was outstanding. However, my favorite part was seeing a fresco at the Villa of the Mysteries as it depicted an initiation into a mystery cult of Dionysus that was very detailed. It tied into things we had learned several days before about secret religious groups in the first few centuries CE and their practices. The other buildings in the site were also impressive, particularly the amphitheater. Overall Pompeii was an amazing site and provided a long lasting memory.