Pompeii: The History, Life and Art of the Buried City


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About this book

Using the latest scientific research, this multi-disciplinary journey explores everything from painting styles to local history, botany and architecture. It investigates public life, religious life, the economy, and the private arena. A special section is devoted to the eruption of 79 AD, described based on the most recent discoveries, and another section takes a look at Oplontis, the most celebrated villa in the suburbs of Pompeii - and legendarily owned by Poppea Sabina, Nero's second wife. An updated bibliography and a chronological outline conclude this journey back in time.This book was done with the collaboration of the Archaeological Superintendency of Pompeii and the Superintendency for Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Caserta.

Reader's Thoughts


Fantastically beautiful book!The images in here are gorgeous, and more varied than any other book I've on Pompeii I've found. I used this book for maybe 85% of my lessons on Pompeii because it includes everything from maps, to photographs of the earliest excavations and excavators, to fold-out 4-pages images of some of the mosaics.All of the major buildings and areas have sections full of photos and images dedicated to them: the baths, the House of the Faun, the amphitheater, the bakery, and several private houses with well-preserved mosaic floors and frescoed walls.The text in each section is also interesting and just the right amount of informative to balance out the images without becoming too long or too dry.


Aside from being an interesting read, this book was all about the photographs. Lots of beautiful, full page color pictures of the city and what is left of the buried city. Visually stunning.


Fantastic read! Covered a lot of fascinating information. Lots of pictures to go along with all the information!


This book reminded me of that famous line from "A Tale of Two Cities," reading it was the best of times and the worst of times.The pictures were spectacular. I loved them, and I can't wait to see them live and in person in a little more than a week as of this review's writing. The images came alive and made me feel as if the decorations were in my own house.On the other hand, the prose needs some work. It was translated from Italian, so maybe that's the reason for the plethora of typos and clunky phrasings, but still distracting. Also, I am no Pompeiian scholar, but I've read a few things about it and had some base knowledge. However, I felt some parts of this book one must have a doctorate in history to understand--far too technical and obtuse for a layman reader. In fairness, though, I did learn some quality things.

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