Pompeii Public and Private Life

ISBN-10: 0674689674
ISBN-13: 9780674689671
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 1/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Pompeii's tragedy is our windfall: an ancient city fully preserved, its urban design and domestic styles speaking across the ages. This richly illustrated book conducts us through the captured wonders of Pompeii, evoking at every turn the life of the city as it was 2,000 years ago. When Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. its lava preserved not only the Pompeii of that time but a palimpsest of the city's history, visible traces of the different societies of Pompeii's past. Paul Zanker, a noted authority on Roman art and architecture, disentangles these tantalizing traces to show us the urban images that marked Pompeii's development from country town to Roman imperial city. Exploring Pompeii's public buildings, its streets and gathering places, we witness the impact of religious changes, the renovation of theaters and expansion of athletic facilities, and the influence of elite families on the city's appearance. Through these stages, Zanker adeptly conjures a sense of the political and social meanings in urban planning and public architecture. The private houses of Pompeii prove equally eloquent, their layout, decor, and architectural detail speaking volumes about the life, taste, and desires of their owners. At home or in public, at work or at ease, these Pompeians and their world come alive in Zanker's masterly rendering. A provocative and original reading of material culture, his work is an incomparable introduction to urban life in antiquity.

Paul Zanker is Professor of Classical Archeology, University of Munich, and Director of the German Archeological Institute in Rome. He is the author of Mask of Socrates: The Image of the Intellectual in Antiquity and The Power of Images in the Age of Augustus.

Preface
Townscape and Domestic Taste
Townscapes
Domestic Taste and Cultural Self-Definition
Urban Space as a Reflection of Society
The Hellenistic City of the Oscans
The Roman Colonists' City
Townscape and Ideology in the Age of Augustus
The City's Final Years
The Domestic Arts in Pompeii
The Origins of the Roman Villa
Two Forms of Living Space
A Miniature Villa in the Town
A Courtyard with a Large Marble Fountain
A Garden as Sanctuary
A Parlor Overlooking Diana's Sacred Grove
Gardens Filled with Sculptures
Dining under the Stars
Large Pictures for Small Dreams
Domestic Taste and Cultural Identity
Abbreviations
Notes
Illustration Credits
Index

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