Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town

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Profile Books, Jul 9, 2010 - History - 368 pages
26 Reviews

This marvellous book won the Wolfson History Prize and is a model of subtle but accessible writing about the past' Judith Rice, Guardian'

Classicist Mary Beard has had a great time rooting about that ghostly place and she has brought it quite splendidly back to life' Nicholas Bagnall, Sunday Telegraph

'To the vast field of Pompeiana she brings the human touch... this absorbing, inquisitive and affectionate account of Pompeii is a model of its kind. Beard has caught the quick of what was and, in our lives today, remains the same' Ross Leckie, The Times

'Very readable and excellently researched... Beard's clear-sighted and accessible style makes this a compelling look into history' Alexander Larman, Observer

'If you want to know what really happened in the last days of the petrified city, Beard's meticulous reconstruction will fill you in, scraping away many of your preconceptions as it goes, while her evocative writing will transport you back' Guardian (Best Holiday Books)

 

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Review: The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found

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Some popular historians aim to give you a "you are there" feel, focusing on narratives and leaving out the hedge-words: "it seems likely," "one can only imagine that," "must have." Mary Beard is all ... Read full review

Review: The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found

User Review  - Jennifer Davies - Goodreads

I read this book as part of the six book challenge in 2012. Partly because I rarely read non-fiction, partly because I had been watching on television and thirdly because I studied archaeology so I ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Living in an Old City
26
Chapter 2 Street Life
53
Chapter 3 House and Home
81
Chapter 4 Painting and Decorating
120
Baker Banker and Garum Maker
152
Chapter 6 Who Ran the City?
188
Food Wine Sex and Baths
216
Chapter 9 A City Full of Gods
276
Epilogue
309
Making a Visit
314
Further Reading
317
Acknowledgements
336
List of Figures
338
List of Illustrations
339
Index
346

Chapter 8 Fun and Games
251

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About the author (2010)

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. She has world-wide academic acclaim.

Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day. She is in the 2014 top 10 Prospect list of the most influential thinkers in the world.

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