Herculaneum : Italy's Buried Treasure

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A vivid portrayal of life in Pompeii's sister city, this book includes a detailed description of the ancient Villa dei Papiri, on which the present Getty Museum in Malibu is modeled.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 14mm | 498.95g
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Santa Monica CA, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 118 b&w illustrations
  • 0892361646
  • 9780892361649
  • 521,701

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Praise for the first edition "A fascinating book. The daily life of the Romans, rich and poor, has been wonderfully recreated."--Library Journal"Exciting reading...A spirited guide."--The New York Timesshow more

Review Text

Few historical events are as poignant as the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum. Joseph Jay Deiss is an American enthusiast who describes the astonishing human record of this still partly unexcavated town; its inhabitants were caught unawares by the tragedy, leaving their homes and public buildings virtually intact under deep layers of volcanic detritus. Here those people appear in vivid detail: their names, their graffiti, their dinners left on the table, their cupboards and bedsteads, the abandoned child, the prisoner in his cell. I love it - but almost can't bear to read it. I must though, because this is the best of all ways to learn about the Roman world. It also makes you think seriously about how we value the past, and what we should do to preserve it. Review by Lindsey Davis, whose books include 'Two For the Lions' (Kirkus UK)show more