Immersion 2012: Ancient Rome  
 
The weather improved markedly near Rome. Here, Jacob Ponton '14, Dr. Sears, Josh Jones '14, and Joe Granger '13 listen to Dr. Hartnett introduce Ostia, Rome's ancient port, a city whose population mushroomed to service the port. They stand just outside the city gate along the Via Roma. By contrast with Pompeii, Oplontis, and Herculaneum, Ostia was not destroyed in a cataclysm, but slowly depopulated as the port was silted.  
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