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Romancing the Bones

August 18, 2018 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Speaker: Dr Estelle Lazer

Academy Travel is proud to sponsor the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre’s Artz Talk 2018 program. Dr Estelle Lazer, an archaeologist who has worked on site at Pompeii for seven seasons and has an international reputation for her research on the city’s skeletal remains, will be presenting this talk on ‘Romancing the Bones’.

In 1834, Edward Bulwer Lytton’s historical novel, the Last Days of Pompeii, was published. It was an immediate success and has been in print ever since. One of the devices he used for the basis of his characters was to re-flesh skeletons that he had seen or had been reported, using circumstantial evidence from associated artefacts and context to invest these victims with lives, personalities and names they almost certainly never had. This approach has had an enduring influence on the interpretation of victims of the AD 79 eruption to the present. This lecture will investigate why the Bulwer Lytton approach has been so compelling.

Dr Estelle Lazer is an archaeologist with an international reputation for her work on the human victims of Pompeii, with more field seasons in the Bay of Naples than she cares to remember! Her PhD studied the site’s human skeletons, and her current project is to CT scan and X-ray the unique casts of these victims. Estelle’s book, Resurrecting Pompeii, was published by Routledge and her work forms a core part of the Ancient History syllabus for the NSW Higher School Certificate.

The cost for this lecture is:

  • Friends of Hazelhurst $5
  • Non-members $10

Book now on (02) 8536 5700 or at Art Centre Reception.


August 18, 2018
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Dr Estelle Lazer


Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
782 Kingsway
Gymea, NSW 2227 Australia
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(02) 8536 5700