Dr. Jessica Leay Ambler


About Dr. Jessica Leay Ambler

Dr. Jessica L. Ambler holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a specialization is Roman architecture. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UCSB and a Curatorial Assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She now teaches Humanities online for Southern New Hampshire University.


Example of Second Style painting, cubiculum (bedroom), Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale, fresco, 50–40 B.C.E.
Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii two millennia ago, creating a time capsule that exhibits the stunning evolution of Roman painting.

Roman wall painting styles



Augustus of Primaporta, 1st century C.E. (Vatican Museums) (photo: Steven Zucker, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
With the lands of Greece, Egypt, and beyond, Ancient Rome was a melting pot of cultures—debates rage on as to what “Roman art” really means.

Introduction to ancient Roman art