The Natural History of Pompeii

The Natural History of Pompeii


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The sudden destruction of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the surrounding Campanian countryside following the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 preserved the remarkable evidence that has made possible this reconstruction of the natural history of the local environment. Following the prototype of Pliny the Elder's Natural History, various aspects of the natural history of Pompeii are discussed and analyzed by a team of eminent scientists, many of whom have collaborated with Jashemski during her years of excavation of several gardens in the Vesuvian area. This volume brings together the work of geologists, soil specialists, paleobotanists, botanists, palaeontologists, biologists, chemists, dendrochronologists, ichthyologists, zoologists, ornithologists, mammalogists, herpetologists, entymologists, and archaeologists, affording a thorough picture of the landscape, flora, and fauna of the ancient sites. The detailed and rigorously scientific catalogues, which are copiously illustrated, provide a checklist of the flora and fauna upon which future generations of scholars can continue to build.

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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 228.6 x 312.4 x 38.1mm | 2,313.35g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 171 b/w illus. 216 colour illus. 23 tables
  • 0521800544
  • 9780521800549

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'This long awaited volume on The natural history is something to be welcomed.' Antiquity 'It is not only archaeologists and naturalists who will enjoy reading this volume and benefit from its contents, whose wide array of studies in the natural sciences increases our current knowledge in a remarkable fashion. Carefully edited and copiously illustrated with excellent photos, drawings, and plans, the book is also an aesthetic delight ... This volume is a very successful example of a competent, all-inclusive approach to the study of natural phenomena in Pompeii and vicinity.' Classical World

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