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Exploring Pompeii: discovering hospitality through research synergy

O'Gorman, Kevin D. and Baxter, Ian and Scott, Bernadette (2007) Exploring Pompeii: discovering hospitality through research synergy. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 7 (3). pp. 89-99. ISSN 1467-3584

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Abstract

Hospitality research continues to broaden through an ever-increasing dialogue and alignment with a greater number of academic disciplines. This paper demonstrates how an enhanced understanding of hospitality can be achieved through synergy between archaeology, the classics and sociology. It focuses on classical Roman life, in particular Pompeii, to illustrate the potential for research synergy and collaboration, to advance the debate on hospitality research and to encourage divergence in research approaches. It demonstrates evidence of commercial hospitality activities through the excavation hotels, bars and taverns, restaurants and fast food sites. The paper also provides an example of the benefits to be gained from multidisciplinary analysis of hospitality and tourism.