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The complete Pompeii

Author: Joanne Berry
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Pompeii is best known and probably the most important archaeological site in the world. This title presents an up-to-date, authoritative and comprehensive account of this ancient site, visited by millions each year.

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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Berry, Joanne, 1971-
Complete Pompeii.
New York : Thames & Hudson, 2007
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanne Berry
ISBN: 9780500051504 050005150X
OCLC Number: 141380307
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: I. Disaster in the shadow of Vesuvius. The volcano --
The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 --
Aftermath of the eruption --
The preservation of Pompeii and Herculaneum --
Other sites buried by Vesuvius in AD 79 --
II. Rediscovering 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 "nouvi scavi" --
Post-war developments and changes --
III. 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 BC --
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 --
V. 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 --
VI. Houses and society. The ideal Roman house --
The role of the house in Roman society --
Mosaics --
Wall-painting --
Household artifacts --
Gardens --
VII. 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 --
VIII. 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. IX. The last years of Pompeii. The impact of the earthquake of AD 63 --
Life in Pompeii AD 63-79.
Other Titles: Pompeii
Responsibility: Joanne Berry.


An account of the most important archaeological site in the world. It covers the rise and fall of Pompeii and all aspects of its life, including reconstructions of the daily lives of the town's  Read more...


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