Board Gaming With Historians: Pompeii

In the second episode, Sophie Hay and Kate Wiles discuss The Downfall of Pompeii, a strategy game inspired by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

History Today | Published 11 February 2016

In the second episode of History Today’s influential Board Gaming With Historians series, we play The Downfall of Pompeii, a tile-placement strategy game inspired by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, with archaeologist and historian of Rome, Sophie Hay.

Why did the residents of Pompeii build a city in the vicinity of an active volcano? Were convicts thrown into the volcano? And when did the myth of Pompeii become so well known that it became a common reference point in literature, psychoanalysis and board games? Watch the video to find out.

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