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Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town

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Corelia's father is the former slave and land speculator Numerius Popidius Ampliatus, who came to fortune after he rebuilt Pompeii from a past earthquake. Not only is it written in the most engaging style, hooking you from the first page, it is also stuffed with detail. It is an anthology of essays that provide a range of topics and approaches to women who lived and worked in these small towns, now spectacularly preserved despite their sudden destruction by the eruption of Mt.

Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the TLS. This site has an archive of more than one thousand seven hundred interviews, or eight thousand book recommendations. The bloodthirsty biographies of the world’s most infamous pirates are reproduced in this Folio edition of Captain Charles Johnson’s renowned work, including original woodcut illustrations and a fascinating introduction by Margarette Lincoln. Robert Harris is the author of fifteen bestselling novels: the Cicero Trilogy - Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator - Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, The Ghost, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, which won four prizes including the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Conclave, Munich, The Second Sleep, V2 and Act of Oblivion. I have written a number of books about Roman political history and have also translated the biographer Suetonius and the historian Sallust.The town was not full of brothels (Beard counts only one), its water engineering, pace the novelist Robert Harris, was pretty substandard (there may have been aqueducts, but there were no sewers) and the site didn't lie undisturbed until the eighteenth century (many townspeople, for instance, came back soon afterwards to dig up their valuables).

One of the major myths about Pompeii's destruction that she exposes is the fallacy that the interruption was unexpected - the evidence was that there had been tremors in the weeks and months leading up to the eruption and many townspeople seem to have moved possessions out of the town before the end (there had been a major earthquake 16 or 17 years earlier, so this was not uncommon). Literary evidence is often silent about the lives of women in antiquity, particularly those from the buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. They tell the human and the scientific story of how a woman from a small town in Nebraska learned more about the gardens of Pompeii than anyone thought possible. The book explains both how they were made and how archaeologists deduced information about Pompeian life from them.There are no museum-like information placards posted in the ruins, so unless you are knowledgeable about Pompeii or are on a guided tour, your visit may not be very meaningful (it may just look like one ruined building after another). Another recommended book, for younger readers, is my own Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii. Beware that the Ercolano bus stop is much less frequently used (and therefore can be skipped without notice) especially in the off season. D. Rome for a hydraulic engineer -- of the Aqua Augusta, an aqueduct that serves about a dozen towns in the Bay of Naples region of southeastern Italy, including the doomed Pompeii.

If you choose to stay elsewhere (such as in Sorrento or Naples), you can either drive to Pompeii and park (there are many parking lots across from the Porta Marina entrance for about 5 euros a day) or you can take the Circumvesuviana train. Street Life, Earning a Living: Baker, Banker and Garum Maker (who ran the city), The Pleasure of the Body: Food, Wine, Sex and Baths, these chapter headings give a surprising insight into the workings of a Roman town. It blends historical fiction with the real-life eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD, which overwhelmed the town of Pompeii and its vicinity. It is told alternately in the voice of Lucia, daughter of the owner of a gladiator school, and Tages, a medicus, a healer and her father’s slave. If you don't want to miss seeing Vesuvius and have decided to take the bus, I recommend taking it from Pompeii to be certain.For more than thirty years I have been discussing, formulating ideas, and writing about Architecture, Building Reuse, and Interiors.

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