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    DescriptionWhen Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, the force of the explosion blew the top right off the mountain, burying nearby Pompeii in a shower of volcanic ash. Ironically, the calamity that proved so lethal for Pompeii's inhabitants preserved the city for centuries, leaving behind a snapshot of Roman daily life that has captured the imagination of generations. The experience of Pompeii always reflects a particular time and sensibility, says Ingrid Rowland. From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town "explores the fascinating variety of these different experiences, as described by the artists, writers, actors, and others who have toured the excavated site. The city's houses, temples, gardens--and traces of Vesuvius's human victims--have elicited responses ranging from awe to embarrassment, with shifting cultural tastes playing an important role. The erotic frescoes that appalled eighteenth-century viewers inspired Renoir to change the way he painted. For Freud, visiting Pompeii was as therapeutic as a session of psychoanalysis. Crown Prince Hirohito, arriving in the Bay of Naples by battleship, found Pompeii interesting, but Vesuvius, to his eyes, was just an ugly version of Mount Fuji. Rowland treats readers to the distinctive, often quirky responses of visitors ranging from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain to Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman. Interwoven throughout a narrative lush with detail and insight is the thread of Rowland's own impressions of Pompeii, where she has returned many times since first visiting in 1962.

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    From Pompeii
    The Afterlife of a Roman Town
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ingrid D. Rowland
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 328
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674047938
    ISBN 10: 0674047931

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Approval Code: A14202040
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020, HIS020000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A14625400
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 937.72568
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 937/.72568
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: POMP6000
    DC23: 937.72568
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    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC
    LC classification: DG70.P7 R78 2014
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    Illustrations note
    40 halftones, 1 map
    Imprint name
    The Belknap Press
    Publication date
    01 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Review quote
    The book is an enjoyable read that encompasses an exciting range of topics in political and social history Recommended for general readers who want to know more about a place that continues to haunt the imagination of nearly everyone who visits it.--Linda Frederiksen"Library Journal" (06/01/2014)"