The Ancient City

The Ancient City : Life in Classical Athens and Rome

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By (author) Peter Connolly , Volume editor Hazel Dodge

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Superb, detailed reconstructions of buildings provide the starting-point for a vivid exploration of these two great cities and the lives of the people who inhabited them. Peter Connolly's illustrations and reconstructions have a unique authority, with their blend of superb draughtsmanship, imagination, and meticulous research. First published as a jacketed cover-to-boards hardback in 1998, this book is now being reissued without the dust-jacket at a lower price.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 224 x 280 x 28mm | 1,360.77g
  • 01 May 1999
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 0199172595
  • 9780199172597

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Strewn with minutely detailed cityscapes, cutaway views, and interiors, this hefty urban study recaptures the architectural glories of two great cities in their heydays, with as much specific information as assignment-driven readers or browsers could want. In a substantial text providing plenty of historical background, aided by a blizzard of sharp, full-color photos of artifacts and classical art, Connolly (Pompeii, 1990) and Dodge examine both cities' major and minor buildings, from Bronze Age remnants through the aftermath of the Persian War (for Athens) and the great fire of A.D. 64. (for Rome), also describing government, legal systems, religious ceremonies, theater and other public amusements, fashion, daily life for people of all classes, food, water, and waste disposal. More debatable or speculative reconstructions are noted as such. Equally suited to casual readers or serious study, this takes a giant step past the Eyewitness-filled cheap seats and even beyond David Macaulay territory. (Kirkus Reviews)

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