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Publisher Comments:

The ash of Mt. Vesuvius preserves a living record of the complex and exhilarating society it instantly obliterated two thousand years ago. In this highly readable, lavishly illustrated book, Butterworth and Laurence marshall cutting-edge archaeological reconstructions and a vibrant historical tradition dating to Pliny and Tacitus; they present a richly textured portrait of a society not altogether unlike ours, composed of individuals ordinary and extraordinary who pursued commerce, politics, family and pleasure in the shadow of a killer volcano.  Deeply resonant in a world still at the mercy of natural disaster, Pompeii recreates life as experienced in the city, and those frantic, awful hours in AD 79 that wiped the bustling city from the face of the earth.

Review:

"The thriving ancient port city of Pompeii was memorably destroyed and its 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants killed in A.D. 79 by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Archeologists have dug parts of the city out of the rubble, reconstructing its layout and life. Drawing on this evidence and on ancient writings on Pompeii, British popular historians Butterworth and Laurence splendidly recreate the bustling life of this Roman town, as well as the eruption. They tell of Umbricius Scaurus, one of the city's most respected businessmen, who grew wealthy manufacturing the culinary staple garum, a fermented fish sauce. We also read fictionalized accounts of other lives, such as Simulus, a smallholder happy to be farming a plot of rich soil, and Receptus, a slave whose new master made his life miserable. The authors vividly recreate the horrors of the earthquake in A.D. 62 that destroyed much of the town and the terrors of the volcanic eruption. They recount the heroic efforts of one woman to claw her way out of the rubble of the Villa of the Mysteries only to be killed by a new eruption. This is a first-rate and compelling history of an ancient city. 16 pages of color photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Drawing on recent archaeological and historical research, Butterworth, a writer and dramatist, and Laurence, a research fellow at the U. of Birmingham Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, offer a vivid portrait of Pompeii during the 25 years leading up to the eruption that destroyed it. They focus on key individuals from each stratum of Pompeian society to create a compelling narrative that reanimates the sights and sounds of the living city. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

ALEX BUTTERWORTH and RAY LAURENCE are popular historians living in Britain.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312355852
Subtitle:
The Living City
Author:
Butterworth, Alex
Author:
Laurence, Ray
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Italy.
Subject:
Pompeii (extinct city)
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Us
Publication Date:
20061003
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus one 16-page color photo insert
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.61 x 6.31 x 1.28 in

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Product details 368 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312355852 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The thriving ancient port city of Pompeii was memorably destroyed and its 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants killed in A.D. 79 by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Archeologists have dug parts of the city out of the rubble, reconstructing its layout and life. Drawing on this evidence and on ancient writings on Pompeii, British popular historians Butterworth and Laurence splendidly recreate the bustling life of this Roman town, as well as the eruption. They tell of Umbricius Scaurus, one of the city's most respected businessmen, who grew wealthy manufacturing the culinary staple garum, a fermented fish sauce. We also read fictionalized accounts of other lives, such as Simulus, a smallholder happy to be farming a plot of rich soil, and Receptus, a slave whose new master made his life miserable. The authors vividly recreate the horrors of the earthquake in A.D. 62 that destroyed much of the town and the terrors of the volcanic eruption. They recount the heroic efforts of one woman to claw her way out of the rubble of the Villa of the Mysteries only to be killed by a new eruption. This is a first-rate and compelling history of an ancient city. 16 pages of color photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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