The resonant ruins of Pompeii are perhaps the most direct route back to the living, breathing world of the ancient Romans. Two million visitors annually now walk the paved streets which re-emerged, miraculously preserved, from their layers of volcanic ash. Yet for all the fame and unique importance of the site, there is a surprising lack of a handy archaeological guide in English to reveal and explain its public spaces and private residences. This compact and user-friendly handbook, written by an expert in the field, helpfully fills that gap. Illustrated throughout with maps, plans, diagrams and other images, Pompeii: An Archaeological Guide offers a general introduction to the doomed city followed by an authoritative summary and survey of the buildings, artefacts and paintings themselves. The result is an unrivalled picture, derived from an intimate knowledge of Roman archaeology around the Bay of Naples, of the forum, temples, brothels, bath-houses, bakeries, gymnasia, amphitheatre, necropolis and other site buildings – including perennial favourites like the House of the Faun, named after its celebrated dancing satyr.
This guide brings the work of one of the best known scholars of Roman archeology and art to an English-language audience. Conveniently organized by walking tours and illustrated throughout with clear maps, drawings, and plans, it covers all of the city's ancient sites (including the Capitoline, the Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Valley of the Colosseum, the Esquiline, the Caelian, the Quirinal, and the Campus Martius), and, unlike most other guides, now includes the major monuments in a large area outside Rome proper but within easy reach, such as Ostia Antica, Palestrina, Tivoli, and the many areas of interest along the ancient Roman roads. An essential resource for tourists interested in a deeper understanding of Rome's classical remains, it is also the ideal book for students and scholars approaching the ancient history of one of the world's most fascinating cities.--From publisher description.
Do you want a Pompeii guidebook that tells you about more than just the archaeology of this ancient city? Then "Discovering Pompeii" is the Pompeii book for you. Many books have been written, exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii and the city's history. Few, if any, however, have acted as an archaeological guide that uses Pompeii's buildings to tell themed stories of city's life and death. Discovering Pompeii does just. Using individual features and buildings as focal points for chapters, it tells three stories from the history of Pompeii. Discover how Pompeii grew from a walled collection of farms into an important Roman colony in "Civic Pompeii" before moving onto an exploration of the sights, sounds smells, shops, houses, bars and baths of everyday Pompeii by taking "A Walk down the Via dell'Abbondanza." Finally, in "Pompeii's Last Days' experience how each stage of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD affected Pompeii -and its people. ' Packed with plans and descriptions of individual buildings, explanations of terminology and fun and informative facts about Pompeian and Roman life in general, "Discovering Pompeii" is an archaeological guide that can be used on-site- or enjoyed from the comfort of your own armchair. What's new in the Second Edition? * More detailed plans and descriptions of the layout of key buildings * Additional information on the eruption of Vesuvius, the earthquake of 62AD and the human body casts. * Latin terms and phrases explained throughout * Footnotes Reviews for the first edition of Discovering Pompeii: "...this is a perfect guide for all travellers and history enthusiasts with its superb overview of Pompeii. The tour is skillfully organized, with descriptions of the modern site and ancient times for every stop along the way. The depth of Sheldon's knowledge of ancient history is evident and enlightening......" Readers Favourites. "...Discovering Pompeii is the total guide for not only any visitor to the city but for anyone curious about the ancient world." B McConnell. "....very informative and enlightening (even if you're only on-site in the ruins of a messy living room)!" Seuss777
Stories from an Eruption : Guide to the Exhibition
Author: Pier Giovanni Guzzo
Category: Excavations (Archaeology)
Through the bodies found at Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, we can bring to life the frescoes, decorations, utensils, coins and jewels belonging to our collective imagination of Pompeii. The content of these "tales" is not invented: it stems from a patient application of knowledge and interpretation, and is all based on fact.
The original edition of Pompeii: A Sourcebook was a crucial resource for students of the site. Now updated to include material from Herculaneum, the neighbouring town also buried in the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook allows readers to form a richer and more diverse picture of urban life on the Bay of Naples. Focusing upon inscriptions and ancient texts, it translates and sets into context a representative sample of the huge range of source material uncovered in these towns. From the labels on wine jars to scribbled insults, and from advertisements for gladiatorial contests to love poetry, the individual chapters explore the early history of Pompeii and Herculaneum, their destruction, leisure pursuits, politics, commerce, religion, the family and society. Information about Pompeii and Herculaneum from authors based in Rome is included, but the great majority of sources come from the cities themselves, written by their ordinary inhabitants – men and women, citizens and slaves. Encorporating the latest research and finds from the two cities and enhanced with more photographs, maps, and plans, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook offers an invaluable resource for anyone studying or visiting the sites.
A comprehensive visual survey of the ancient city draws on cutting-edge architectural research to reconstruct the latest beliefs about Pompeii's history, discussing such topics as the lives and deaths of its citizens, its political and religious structures, and its destruction by the eruption of AD 79.
Few other archaeological sites in the world rival Pompeii for the amount of information it reveals about the lives of its ancient inhabitants. Preserved by the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, many of the temples, homes, public spaces, statues, and artistic treasures remain intact, providing us with a remarkable inheritance. With its handy flexibound format and fact-filled pages, this volume is an essential travel companion for anyone intending to visit Pompeii, presenting a wealth of information on its archaeological sites, cultural and artistic universe, and everyday life. The insightful text and captions are accompanied by photographs, three dimensional reconstructions, drawings, and dozens of meticulously plotted maps and floor plans. Fascinating insights are provided on the building and artistic techniques developed by the Pompeiians that will enhance readers’ appreciation of the sites they visit.