Complete Pompeii

ISBN-10: 050005150X

ISBN-13: 9780500051504

Edition: 2007

Authors: Joanne Berry

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A gloriously illustrated and comprehensive survey of the most famous ancient site in the world. The dramatic story of Pompeii's destruction has been handed down to us by Roman writers, its paintings and mosaics have astonished visitors since their discovery in the eighteenth century, and its houses and public buildings to this day present a vivid picture of life, disaster, and death in a Roman town. Pompeii is not quite a time capsule, a frozen moment in history, but it is probably the closest we will ever get to one. This up-to-date new survey draws on evidence produced at the cutting edge of modern archaeological research, revealing how the evidence for life in this city was first uncovered, and how archaeologists over the centuries have unpeeled the layers that enable us to reconstruct Pompeii's history. With its lavish illustrations, covering monumental architecture and inscriptions, shops, graffiti, wall-paintings, and mosaics, plus its numerous box features ranging from theatrical entertainments to water supply,The Complete Pompeiiis the ultimate resource and inspirational guide to this iconic ancient town. 360 illustrations, 320 in color. Among the many topics covered: • how Pompeii was destroyed in the eruption of AD 79 • what we know of the lives and deaths of its inhabitants • what the houses tell us about the people who lived in them • who was involved in politics • what can be reconstructed about religious practices
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 7.25" wide x 6.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

Joanne Berry teaches ancient history and archaeology at Swansea University. She is the author of The Complete Pompeii and co-author of The Lives of the Romans, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Introduction: The Geographical and Cultural Context
Disaster in the Shadow of Vesuvius
The Volcano
The Eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79
Aftermath of the Eruption
The Preservation of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Other Sites Buried by Vesuvius in A.D. 79
Discovering Pompeii's Buried Past
The Earliest Excavations
Karl Weber and the Villa of the Papyri
Work Returns to Pompeii
A Period of Political Turmoil
The Unification of Italy and the Impact of Giuseppe Fiorelli
Developments at the Turn of the 20th Century
Amedeo Maiuri and the 'Nuovi Scavi'
Post-War Developments and Changes
Birth and Growth of a Roman Town
The Traditional Account of Pompeii's Origins and Development
Campania Before the Foundation of Pompeii: the Cultural Context
The Foundation of Pompeii
The Romans in the Bay of Naples
The 1st Century B.C.
The People of Pompeii
The Population of Pompeii
The Social Composition of the Town
Death and Burial
The Evidence of Graffiti and Other Writings
Erotic Pompeii
Women in Pompeii
Life in the Public eye
The Political Structure of Pompeii
The Politics of Public Building
Civic Buildings in the Forum
Politics and Propaganda
The Theatres of Herculaneum and Pompeii
Gladiatorial Games
The Amphitheatre
Baths and Bathing
Houses and Society
The Ideal Roman House
The Role of the House in Roman Society
Household Artifacts
Gods, Temples and Cults
Pre-Roman Gods and Temples
Public Religion and Temples in the Roman Period
The Imperial Cult
Public Participation in Religion
Mystery Religions and 'Foreign' Cults
Household Religion
Economic Life in a Roman Town
Rural Territory and Agriculture
Agriculture Within the Town Walls
Craft and Commerce at Pompeii
Shops and Markets
Bars and Inns
The Last Years of Pompeii
The Impact of the Earthquake of A.D. 63
Life in Pompeii A.D. 63-79
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