Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

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9780199987436: Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

In AD 79, the beautiful Bay of Naples was rocked by the dramatic fiery eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Pompeii and Herculaneum--and countless nearby farms, estates, and villages--were completely buried under pumice and super-heated ash. It was arguably the most widely recognized volcanic eruption in recorded history, and the ruins it left behind are our most valuable archaeological record of day-to-day life in the Roman empire.

This magnificently illustrated book illuminates the daily lives of the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii so well-known, but who were these men, women, and children so cruelly frozen in time? Drawing on full-color photographs of more than 200 excavated objects--from a soldier's sword to a shopkeeper's blue glass storage bottle-Paul Roberts, a curator at the British Museum, lifts the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum out of the ashes and ruins of their homes and brings them back into the light. Roberts explores every room in the typical Roman home. Here are bronze busts and magnificent mosaics from an entrance area; beautiful frescoes and silver drinking cups from a dining room; a carbonized wooden cradle and birth certificate of a little girl from a bedroom and library; and bottles for fish sauce and cooking pots from a kitchen. In addition, Roberts offers an engaging discussion of the many shops founds in the two cities, ranging from bakeries to taverns, and he also reconstructs the catastrophe, drawing on the best archaeological and geological evidence, as well as the eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger.

With sharp full-color photographs of the most celebrated artifacts, including incredible recent finds from Herculaneum, this book captures the public face and private life of real Roman families.

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Mount Vesuvius seen from Pompeii

Emerald green glass dish in the form of a boat, possibly for condiments, from Pompeii

Terracotta statuette of Pan and the Goat, possibly made by Joseph Nollekens

Bronze wind-chime in the form of a phallus with hanging bells, from Pompeii. Bronze fountain spout in the form of a pine cone, from Pompeii Bronze lantern, originally fitted with thin sheets of translucent horn, from Vesuvian area

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Paul Roberts is head of the Roman section in the Department of Greece and Rome, and is responsible for all of the Roman collections at the British Museum. He is an authority on the day-to-day life of the ordinary people of the Roman world.

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