Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
WINNER OF THE WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2008
The ruins of Pompeii, buried by an explosion of Vesuvius in 79 CE, offer the best evidence we have of everyday life in the Roman empire. This remarkable book rises to the challenge of making sense of those remains, as well as exploding many myths: the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; or the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; or the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one; or the massive death count, maybe less than ten per cent of the population.
An extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain's favourite classicist.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jsburbidge - LibraryThing
Like much of Mary Beard's work, this points out almost as much about what we don't know - or what we think we know but have in fact constructed for ourselves - as what we do know about Pompeii. It is ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pbjwelch - LibraryThing
A fascinating "insider" look on the real Pompeii by Mary Beard, a Professor of Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, that unwraps some of the mysteries of the city covered in ash in 79 CE. (I ... Read full review
Chapter 1 Living in an Old City
Chapter 2 Street Life
Chapter 3 House and Home
Chapter 4 Painting and Decorating
Baker Banker and Garum Maker
Chapter 6 Who Ran the City?
Food Wine Sex and Baths
Chapter 8 Fun and Games