Pom­peii. An Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Guide

Paul Wilkin­son IB Taurus Pub­lished: Septem­ber 2017 Price: £14.99

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The res­o­nant ru­ins of Pom­peii are per­haps the most di­rect route back to the liv­ing, breath­ing world of the an­cient Ro­mans. Yet for all the fame and unique im­por­tance of the site, there is a sur­pris­ing lack of a handy ar­chae­o­log­i­cal guide in English to re­veal and ex­plain its pub­lic spa­ces and pri­vate res­i­dences. This com­pact and user-friendly hand­book, writ­ten by an ex­pert in the field, bril­liantly fills that gap.

Il­lus­trated through­out with maps, plans, di­a­grams and other im­ages, Pom­peii: An

Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Guide of­fers a gen­eral in­tro­duc­tion to the doomed city fol­lowed by an au­thor­i­ta­tive sum­mary and sur­vey of the build­ings, arte­facts and paint­ings them­selves.

The re­sult is an un­ri­valled pic­ture, de­rived from an in­ti­mate knowl­edge of Ro­man ar­chae­ol­ogy around the Bay of Naples. Whether it be the fo­rum, tem­ples, broth­els, bath-houses, bak­eries, gym­na­sia, am­phithe­atre, necrop­o­lis and other site build­ings - if you want to know what you are ex­plor­ing, this is the guide that will tell you. A ‘must-buy’ for any­one vis­it­ing Pom­peii.

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