The Complete Pompeii

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The Complete Pompeii

The Complete Pompeii 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 hou

  • Title: The Complete Pompeii
  • Author: Joanne Berry
  • ISBN: 9780500051504
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, butThe 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 Pompeii is the ultimate resource and inspirational guide to this iconic ancient town.Among the many topics covered How Pompeii was destroyed in the eruption of AD 79What we know of the lives and deaths of its inhabitantsWhat the houses tell us about the people who lived in themWho was involved in politicsWhat can be reconstructed about religious practices

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    1. Kara on said:

      The Complete Pompeii?Yes. Yes it is. Everything and anything to do with Pompeii, from its earliest settlement to current day excavations – and everything in between – it’s all here in tightly packed, brightly illustrated detail. The big picture politics of the empire down to the common daily breads are covered, and all other topics as well – sex, religions, clothes, gladiators, graffitist, taverns, elections, ethnicities, gardens, imports, exports, schooling, etc. It’s all here in this [...]

    2. Pete daPixie on said:

      'The Complete Pompeii', is just what it says on the tin! Published in 2007, and this is the second time I've read this book. The author, Joanne Berry, teaches ancient history and archaeology and she has researched Pompeii for the last fifteen years. It shows in her work here. Complete is the operative word. Including not just Pompeii but Herculaneum and many other sites buried by Vesuvius in 79ad.The history and archaeology includes the earliest prehistoric evidence of Greek and Etruscan periods [...]

    3. Joyce on said:

      Attractively-photographed and -written thematic coverage of Pompeii, divided into sections such as economic life, religion, and architecture. Very much not a guidebook, but adds a tremendous amount of background information that helps visitors understand what they saw or will see. Especially strong in giving you a sense of HOW scholars came to agree (or disagree) about the meaning of each building, artifact, and text over the course of the excavations -- and of the many questions which may never [...]

    4. Sarah - on said:

      If the burning desire to see these magnificent ruins did not already exist in my heart, this book certainly would have ignited it. Beautiful illustrations - both theoretical reconstructions and photographs of the site today, fill the pages. It truly is a complete picture of life in Pompeii, as much as we can know anyway - so much will remain a mystery. Additionally, the author offers travel advice and highlights specific points of interest upon visiting. I can't even imagine what it would be lik [...]

    5. Susanna - Censored by GoodReads on said:

      Fascinating and throughly illustrated - there are more illustrations than there are pages - and many of the pictures are ones I'd never seen before (and I'm a Roman junkie). Very interesting text, too. Also has a useful map of the excavations, and a useful page at the back for visitors to the site.

    6. Steve on said:

      I am doing a slow crawl through this book to capture every detail. I visited Pompeii and Herculaneum for the first time this year, and I am not done with the subject, by far. This book comes highly recommended, and as of page 31, I can say I am impressed. I like that the author chose to quote the ENTIRE text of Pliny the Younger’s letters rather than summarizing them. Nice graphics as well.

    7. Andreea on said:

      I liked the fact that it has quite a lot of pictures, that made the people of 2000 yrs ago contemporaryd i can understand that this being a comprehensive view of the Pompeii's history, she couldn't stay too much on a subject, but I would have liked to get into deeper. There are related historical facts, but they are not related, not got around the peoplejust fine description, few conclusions I guess my expectations were of some other nature I mean, I was left with lots of why-s

    8. Christie on said:

      A great introduction book to Pompeii. The book covers many topics, such as homes/life/religion/art, that gives an insight on how Pompeii would have been before Vesuvius erupted. The author goes back to what historians think occurred to when the town was first built so it isn't just focused on what happened 79 AD. Each pages includes illustrations so a visual of what items/buildings/alters/people would have looked like then can be seen. Berry also at the end gives readers a What to Expect if visi [...]

    9. Jessica Venner on said:

      This is a fantastic starter for any student or reader wanting an introduction to Pompeii. As a city which epitomises the ancient Roman world through its manner of preservation as an average town, Berry does it justice in this thoroughly researched account and collection of the best parts of this ancient town, in life and death.

    10. Linda Harkins on said:

      What I like best about this book are the excellent illustrations that prepare me for what I will see in Pompeii. Especially illuminating are the sections about the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 and the mystery religions, foreign cults, and household religion.

    11. Flora on said:

      I used this book for the excellent pictures of Pompeii when I read the Beard book Fires of Vesuvius.

    12. Tara Lynn on said:

      The story of Pompeii has fascinated me since I first read about it as a child. The text can be a bit dry occasionally, but more than makes up for it with great photographs and descriptions.

    13. Piedmont_Michael on said:

      All things Pompeii!! Even if you only read a chaper or two, you'll probably learn something new about the subject. Great illustrations and lots of maps.

    14. JodiP on said:

      This was a wonderfully complete look at life in Pompeii, and had many photographs of various works of art. It was organized by various functions of life: religion, commerce, etc. Worth re-reading.

    15. Beth on said:

      I had read portions of this book previously, allowing some skimming this round. I've always been fascinated by Pompeii, so it took more than 12 hours, but I can truly say "I'm finished"!

    16. Glen on said:

      Suffice it to say that I have had a life long fascination with Pompeii, but because of this book, I must now see the place! Very well organized and a good taste of every facet of the topic.

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