Department of Art and Art History News

Undergraduates Begin Research on Ancient Italy

The Oplontis Project
The Oplontis Project

As summer fast approaches, Art History majors Hallie Brewer and Arjun Reddy are gearing up to spend the next few months conducting research amongst the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Oplontis. The newly inaugurated Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI), situated within the Department of Art and Art History, recently selected Brewer and Reddy from an impressive pool of applicants as the summer of 2013 Undergraduate Excavation Fellows. While in Italy, Brewer and Reddy will have the unique opportunity to conduct real research as part of the faculty directed Oplontis Project. Located only five kilometers west of Pompeii and buried beneath the modern city of Torre Annunziata, Oplontis provides art historians and archeologists with unprecedented insight into the lives of Roman elites and their slaves. CSAI initiated the Undergraduate Excavation Fellowship Program in an effort to foster undergraduate study on Ancient Italy. Auguri Hallie e Arjun!