The Complete Pompeii

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Thames & Hudson, 2007 - History - 256 pages
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The dramatic story of Pompeii's destruction has been handed down to us by Roman writers, its paintings and mosaics have astonished visitors since their discovery in the eighteenth century, and its houses and public buildings to this day present a vivid picture of life, disaster, and death in a Roman town.Pompeii is not quite a time capsule, a frozen moment in history, but it is probably the closest we will ever get to one. This up-to-date new survey draws on evidence produced at the cutting edge of modern archaeological research, revealing how the evidence for life in this city was first uncovered, and how archaeologists over the centuries have unpeeled the layers that enable us to reconstruct Pompeii's history.With its lavish illustrations, covering monumental architecture and inscriptions, shops, graffiti, wall-paintings, and mosaics, plus its numerous box features ranging from theatrical entertainments to water supply, The Complete Pompeii is the ultimate resource and inspirational guide to this iconic ancient town.Among the many topics covered:How Pompeii was destroyed in the eruption of AD 79What we know of the lives and deaths of its inhabitantsWhat the houses tell us about the people who lived in themWho was involved in politicsWhat can be reconstructed about religious practices

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User Review  - Jessica Venner - Goodreads

This is a fantastic starter for any student or reader wanting an introduction to Pompeii. As a city which epitomises the ancient Roman world through its manner of preservation as an average town ... Read full review

Review: The Complete Pompeii

User Review  - JodiP - Goodreads

This was a wonderfully complete look at life in Pompeii, and had many photographs of various works of art. It was organized by various functions of life: religion, commerce, etc. Worth re-reading. Read full review

Contents

DISASTER IN THE SHADOW
16
Other Sites Buried by Vesuvius in ad 79
32
Karl Weber and the Villa of the Papyri
42
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Joanne Berry teaches ancient history and archaeology at Swansea University.

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