Pompeii

ISBN-10: 0199171580
ISBN-13: 9780199171583
Edition: 1997 (Reprint)
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Description: From the remarkable pen of Peter Connolly comes a comprehensive look at the ancient city of Pompeii. He begins with the scientific facts: How was Pompeii destroyed? How did Mount Vesuvius become an active volcano? What happened during the eruption?  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/6/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 8.62" wide x 10.87" long x 0.28" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

From the remarkable pen of Peter Connolly comes a comprehensive look at the ancient city of Pompeii. He begins with the scientific facts: How was Pompeii destroyed? How did Mount Vesuvius become an active volcano? What happened during the eruption? How long did Pompeii lay buried and how was it finally rediscovered? What was Pompeii's history before the disaster? Then, Peter Connolly does what he does better than anyone--he rebuilds the past in words and pictures, allowing us to imagine what it was like to live in old Pompeii. Like an archaeological detective, he sifts through the ruins and artifacts to reconstruct one area of the town in minute detail. With maps and cross-sections, photographs, drawings, and engrossing, fact-filled text, Connolly takes us into the very homes of its citizens--into the kitchens, atriums, bedrooms and out into the gardens. We learn what the furniture looked like, how the homes were lighted and heated, what kind of jewelry was popular, and what the gladiators wore. We view the varied styles of architecture and decoration, attend a grand dinner party, visit local shops, go to the theater, to a public bath, and to the gladiators' arena. We gain an understanding of this ancient civilization, and begin to see how much was lost when the city fell prey to the tons of lava and ashes that fell on it during the devastating disaster. The story of Pompeii is one of the most terrible and fascinating in history. Connolly brings it alive for children, adding another distinguished volume to Oxford's Rebuilding the Past series.

Introduction The disaster Vesuvius Discovery and excavation Aerial view of the excavations The town and its history The forum The streets and water supply People and accommodation Inside the insula Houses Construction and decoration The entrance The reception rooms 1: the atrium The reception rooms 2: the tablinum The kitchen and toilet The dining room Dinner parties The bedrooms Furniture, lighting and heating The garden Private baths The street The commercial life of Pompeii The shops Bars and taverns The bakers The fullers and launderers The public baths 1 The public baths 2 The public baths 3 The theatre The amphitheatre In the arena Maps Glossary Index

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