In this seminar we will consider the ways in which the ancient city of Pompeii advances our knowledge of various aspects of Roman history and culture.  Topics which may be examined (depending on the interests of the students) include prostitution, gardening, politics, law, space utilization – both public and private, religion, art, death and burial, shopping, regional economics, government, social stratification, water utilization, bathing, hygiene, entertainment, banking and loans, gender, and daily life