Pompeii : the living city

by Butterworth, Alex.

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The ash of Mt. Vesuvius preserves a living record of the complex and exhilarating society it instantly obliterated two thousand years ago. In this highly readable, lavishly illustrated book, Butterworth and Laurence marshall cutting-edge archaeological reconstructions and a vibrant historical tradition dating to Pliny and Tacitus; they present a richly textured portrait of a society not altogether unlike ours, composed of individuals ordinary and extraordinary who pursued commerce, politics, family and pleasure in the shadow of a killer volcano. Deeply resonant in a world still at the mercy of natural disaster, Pompeii recreates life as experienced in the city, and those frantic, awful hours in AD 79 that wiped the bustling city from the face of the earth.

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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The thriving ancient port city of Pompeii was memorably destroyed and its 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants killed in A.D. 79 by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Archeologists have dug parts of the city out of the rubble, reconstructing its layout and life. Drawing on this evidence and on ancient writings on Pompeii, British popular historians Butterworth and Laurence splendidly recreate the bustling life of this Roman town, as well as the eruption. They tell of Umbricius Scaurus, one of the city's most respected businessmen, who grew wealthy manufacturing the culinary staple garum, a fermented fish sauce. We also read fictionalized accounts of other lives, such as Simulus, a smallholder happy to be farming a plot of rich soil, and Receptus, a slave whose new master made his life miserable. The authors vividly recreate the horrors of the earthquake in A.D. 62 that destroyed much of the town and the terrors of the volcanic eruption. They recount the heroic efforts of one woman to claw her way out of the rubble of the Villa of the Mysteries only to be killed by a new eruption. This is a first-rate and compelling history of an ancient city. 16 pages of color photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Excavations (Archaeology) -- Italy -- Pompeii (Extinct city)
Art, Roman -- Italy -- Pompeii (Extinct city)
Pompeii (Extinct city) -- History.
Pompeii (Extinct city) -- Social life and customs.
Naples Region (Italy) -- Antiquities.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Press,2006
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Contributors Laurence, Ray, 1963-
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.
Description 354 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-341) and index.
ISBN 0312355858
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