Pompeii: The History, Life and Art of the Buried City

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"The intention of this book is to bear witness to the importance of Pompeii in the field of archaeology, and to contribute to our body of knowledge about the complex civilization of the Romans. At the same time, it is also an invitation to visit a remarkable site where the past still seems extraordinarily alive." "Using the latest scientific research, this multidisciplinary journey explores everything from painting styles to local history, botany and architecture. It investigates public life (politics, the baths, city theaters and the amphitheater), religious life (different types of public and private worship, temples and sanctuaries), the economy (commerce, financial activities and coinage, craftsmanship and agriculture), and the private arena (the world of women, erotic representations, lifestyles, wall inscriptions, funerary rites and the necropolises). A special section is devoted to the eruption of 79 AD, described based on the most recent discoveries, and another section takes a look at Oplontis, the most celebrated villa in the suburbs of Pompeii - and legendarily owned by Poppea Sabina, Nero's second wife." An updated bibliography and a chronological outline conclude this journey back in time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788854400306
  • Publisher: White Star Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 14.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marisa Ranieri Panetta writes for specialized publications, such as Archeo. In 1997 she won the UNESCO "Media Saves Art" prize for reporting on Pompeii. In 2002 she was awarded the International Theodor Mommsen Prize for her reports on Campi Flegrei.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    The Magical Lure of the Buried City of Pompeii

    For all the fictional stories of the city of Atlantis, the lost cities of various cultures, and the sci-fi fantasies of destroyed kingdoms, none is as fascinating as the discovery in 1748 of the lost city of Pompeii. For centuries now archeologists and historians have studied and written about the glorious city that was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. While many books have been written about various aspects of the excavation, the speculation, the discovered art of Pompeii, they all pale in comparison to this majestic tome as superbly edited by Marisa Ranieri Panetta. Different from the numerous 'travel guide' books that reconstruct with plastic overlays the city now excavated with the city as it once stood, Panetta has gather a staff of thirteen excellent Italian scholars who each write brilliantly about a different aspect of this city still veiled in mystery. The book is divided into the following sections: Introduction by Panetta, The Discovery and History of Pompeii, Public Life, Religious Life, Commercial Life, Private Life, Lifestyles, Oplontis (an area outside Pompeii of fascinating richness), Mount Vesuvius and the Eruption, and a brilliant chronology, glossary and bibliography. The tome contains many new, never before published photographs of the city and the art. But the overwhelming beauty of the book is in the design and copious foldout pages that allow for panoramic views. The color reproduction is first class. This is now the magnum opus and certainly the definitive book on Pompeii. Given that the visuals are splendid, the additional good news is that the commentary essays are excellent reading! Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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