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.
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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 Times

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition ix
Foreword to the Revised Edition x
Preface to the First Edition xiii
Chronology: Period of Herculaneum xiv
I Life of a Roman Town 1
II Origins and Legends 5
III Death of a Roman Town 10
IV The Long Sleep, and Resurrection 24
V Treasure Revealed--The Great Dig 32
VI House of the Rich Patricians 40
VII Roman Luxury--The Villa of the Papyri 60
VIII Houses of the "Poor" Patricians 83
IX Story of a Roman Lawsuit 98
X Houses of the Middle Class 103
XI The Plebs--Houses and Shops 114
XII The Baths--Everybody's Club 133
XIII Sports--The Palaestra 149
XIV The Basilica--A Roman Courthouse 154
XV Curtain Time--The Theater 167
XVI Main Street and the Forum Area 182
XVII The Dead Reveal Their Lives 189
XVIII Antiquity's Treasure Troves 197
A Note of Thanks 211
Bibliography 212
Index 217
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    Good for pictures from museums - primary sources

    I bought this book to find out about soap factories supposedly found on Pompeii and Herculaneum but this book discounts the theory of several other places. There's a lot of history about the dig but you get much more information about what was actually found in the digs with pictures of the artifacts in the museums. The pictures are clear and the book reads very well. Lots of discussion about the various shops. Doesn't leave anything out. Does discuss the eros side a little. Not a good book for teachers of young students because of various images but overall an excellent secondary source of info with pictures from a primary source.

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