The Fires of Vesuvius

The Fires of Vesuvius

Pompeii Lost and Found

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Destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 CE, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman Empire. But the eruptions are only part of the story. In The Fires of Vesuvius, acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains. She explores what kind of town it was -- more like Calcutta or the Costa del Sol? -- and what it can tell us about "ordinary" life there. --from publisher description
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780674029767
Branch Call Number: 937.7 B3802F 2008
Characteristics: 360 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm


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Sep 24, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mary Beard has a great depth and breadth of knowledge of ancient Rome, but her writing is affable, approachable and fun to read.

Sep 18, 2010

Number 8 in list of the top 10 History books, from The Independent Books. In fact they recommend:
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
By Mary Beard
Mary Beard uses the ancient relics buried by the volcanic ash of Mount Vesuvius to bring the existence of everyday Roman people to life. Covering everything from government to graffiti, Beard's work takes the humdrum of Roman domesticity and turns it into a compelling account of the life of one Roman town.


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