The Natural History of Pompeii

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Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski, Frederick G. Meyer
Cambridge University Press, Sep 19, 2002 - Art - 502 pages
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The sudden destruction of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the surrounding Campanian countryside following the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 preserved the remarkable evidence that has made possible this reconstruction of the natural history of the local environment. Following the prototype of Pliny the Elder's Natural History, various aspects of the natural history of Pompeii are discussed and analyzed by a team of eminent scientists, many of whom have collaborated with Jashemski during her years of excavation of several gardens in the Vesuvian area. This volume brings together the work of geologists, soil specialists, paleobotanists, botanists, palaeontologists, biologists, chemists, dendrochronologists, ichthyologists, zoologists, ornithologists, mammalogists, herpetologists, entymologists, and archaeologists, affording a thorough picture of the landscape, flora, and fauna of the ancient sites. The detailed and rigorously scientific catalogues, which are copiously illustrated, provide a checklist of the flora and fauna upon which future generations of scholars can continue to build.
  

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Contents

Evidence from Wall Paintings 18 Health and Nutrition at Herculaneum
16
Ancient Authors Cited or Quoted xxi 10 Dendrochronological Investigations
235
Wilhelmina F Jashemski Sediments
272
The Eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 37
292
Evidence from Wall Paintings
315
G W Dimbleby and Eberhard Griiger Hiram G Larew
327
Evidence from Wall Paintings
479
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