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xiv, 334 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. Pre-Roman Pompeii and Herculaneum 2. The Social War and its Aftermath 3. Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum 4. Leisure 5. Religion 6. Politics and Public Life 7. Law and Society 8. Commercial Life Appendix 1: Known dates of games at Pompeii and outside Appendix 2: Tablet showing quotations from literature found written on the walls of Pompeii Appendix 3: A guide to monetary values Appendix 4: Brief list of dates of relevance to Pompeii and Herculaneum Glossary Further Reading Bibliography Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415666800 20160612
The original edition of Pompeii: A Sourcebook was a crucial resource for students of the site. Now updated to include material from Herculaneum, the neighbouring town also buried in the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook allows readers to form a richer and more diverse picture of urban life on the Bay of Naples. Focusing upon inscriptions and ancient texts, it translates and sets into context a representative sample of the huge range of source material uncovered in these towns. From the labels on wine jars to scribbled insults, and from advertisements for gladiatorial contests to love poetry, the individual chapters explore the early history of Pompeii and Herculaneum, their destruction, leisure pursuits, politics, commerce, religion, the family and society. Information about Pompeii and Herculaneum from authors based in Rome is included, but the great majority of sources come from the cities themselves, written by their ordinary inhabitants - men and women, citizens and slaves. Encorporating the latest research and finds from the two cities and enhanced with more photographs, maps, and plans, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook offers an invaluable resource for anyone studying or visiting the sites.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415666800 20160612
Green Library
ARCHLGY-42-01, ARCHLGY-42-01, CLASSICS-53-01, CLASSICS-53-01
360 pages, [16] pages of plates : maps, illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Living in an old city
  • Street life
  • House and home
  • Painting and decorating
  • Earning a living : baker, banker and garum maker
  • Who ran the city?
  • The pleasures of the body : food, wine, sex and baths
  • Fun and games
  • A city full of gods.
Pompeii is the most famous archaeological site in the world, visited by more than two million people each year. Yet it is also one of the most puzzling, with an intriguing and sometimes violent history, from the sixth century BCE to the present day. Destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 CE, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman Empire. But the eruptions are only part of the story. In "The Fires of Vesuvius", acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains. She explores what kind of town it was - more like Calcutta or the Costa del Sol? - and what it can tell us about 'ordinary' life there. From sex to politics, food to religion, slavery to literacy, Beard offers us the big picture even as she takes us close enough to the past to smell the bad breath and see the intestinal tapeworms of the inhabitants of the lost city. She resurrects the Temple of Isis as a testament to ancient multiculturalism. At the Suburban Baths we go from communal bathing to hygiene to erotica. Recently, Pompeii has been a focus of pleasure and loss: from Pink Floyd's memorable rock concert to Primo Levi's elegy on the victims. But Pompeii still does not give up its secrets quite as easily as it may seem. This book shows us how much more and less there is to Pompeii than a city frozen in time as it went about its business on 24 August 79.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674045866 20170424
Green Library
ARCHLGY-42-01, ARCHLGY-42-01, CLASSICS-53-01, CLASSICS-53-01
256 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 26 cm.
  • Introduction-- 1. Disaster in the Shadow of Vesuvius-- 2. Rediscovering Pompeii's Buried Past-- 3. Birth and Growth of a Roman Town-- 4. The People of Pompeii-- 5. Life in the Public Eye-- 6. Houses and Society-- 7. Gods, Temples and Cults-- 8. Economic Life in a Roman Town-- 9. The Last Years of Pompeii.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780500051504 20160528
Pompeii is the best known and probably the most important archaeological site in the world. The drama of its destruction has been handed down to us by Roman writers, its paintings and mosaics have astonished visitors since their discovery in the 18th century, and its houses and public buildings to this day present a vivid picture of life, disaster and death in a Roman town. Yet, until now, there has been no up-to-date, authoritatative and comprehensive account for the general reader of its rise, fall and splendour. "The Complete Pompeii" fills that gap. With its lavish illustrations, numerous box features and reams of information, this book is the ultimate resource and inspirational guide to this magnificent ancient site, visited by millions each year.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780500051504 20160528
Green Library
ARCHLGY-42-01, ARCHLGY-42-01, CLASSICS-53-01, CLASSICS-53-01