Pompeian Households: An Analysis of Material Culture

Pompeian Households: An Analysis of Material Culture

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By (author) Penelope M. Allison

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  • Publisher: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
  • Format: Hardback | 255 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 277mm x 18mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles
  • ISBN 10: 0917956966
  • ISBN 13: 9780917956966
  • Illustrations note: b/w illus
  • Sales rank: 1,215,351

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Studies of Pompeian material culture have traditionally been dominated by art historical approaches, but recently there has been a renewed and burgeoning interest in Pompeian houses for studies of Roman domestic behaviour. This book is concerned with contextualised Pompeian household artefacts and their role in deepening understanding of household behaviour at Pompeii. It consists of a study of the contents of thirty so-called atrium houses in Pompeii to investigate the spatial distribution of household activities, both within each architectural room type and across the house. It also uses this material to investigate the state of occupancy of these houses at the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

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Penelope M. Allison is an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow at the Australian National University. She has held research fellowships at the University of Sydney and in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge University. She has taught ancient history and archaeology at the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and the University of Sheffield. Her research interests include Roman painting and household archaeology in Roman and historical contexts.

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This book is concerned with contextualized Pompeian household artifacts and their role in deepening our understanding of household behavior at Pompeii.