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    DescriptionThe 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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    Title
    The Natural History of Pompeii
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Wilhelmina F. Jashemski, Edited by Frederick G. Meyer
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 528
    Width: 229 mm
    Height: 312 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 2,313 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521800549
    ISBN 10: 0521800544
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, PDX, WN, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14280
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/CEUROP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: ART000000, HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI054000
    B&T Approval Code: A60320000
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190, ART015060
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1D, 1QDAR
    DC22: 508.337/7
    LC classification: QH152 .N36 2002
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 508.3377
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 508.3377
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: WN, NHD, NHC, NKD
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    171 b/w illus. 216 colour illus. 23 tables
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 October 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    '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
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction; 2. The Vesuvian sites before AD 79: the archaeological, literary and epigraphical evidence; 3. Mount Vesuvius before the disaster; 4. The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79; 5. Paleosols of the Pompeii area; 6. Plants: evidence from the wall paintings, mosaics, sculpture, plant remains, graffiti and ancient authors; 7. Pollen analysis of soil samples from the AD 79 surfaces at Pompeii, Oplontis, and Boscoreale; 8. Wood associated with the AD 79 eruption: its chemical characterization by solid state 13 C NMR as a guide to the degree of carbonization; 9. Identification of the wood used in the Furniture at Herculaneum; 10. Dendrochronological investigations at Herculaneum and Pompeii; 11. Environmental changes in and around Lake Avernus in Greek and Roman times: a study of the plant and animal remains preserved in the lake's sediments; 12. Fish: evidence from specimens, mosaics, paintings and ancient authors; 13. Marine invertebrates, fresh-water shells and land snails: evidence from specimens, mosaics, wall paintings, sculpture, jewelry and ancient authors; 14. Insects: evidence from wall paintings, sculpture, mosaics, carbonized remains and ancient authors; 15. Amphibians and reptiles: evidence from wall paintings, mosaics, sculpture, skeletal remains and ancient authors; 16. Birds: evidence from wall paintings, mosaics, sculpture, skeletal remains and ancient authors; 17. Mammals: evidence from wall paintings, sculpture, mosaics, faunal remains and ancient authors; 18. Health and nutrition at Herculaneum: an examination of human skeletal remains; 19. In conclusion.