Pompeii by Peter ConnollyPompeii by Peter Connolly


byPeter Connolly

Paperback | September 1, 1990

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From the remarkable pen of Peter Connolly comes a comprehensive look at the ancient city of Pompeii. He begins with the scientific facts: How was Pompeii destroyed? How did Mount Vesuvius become an active volcano? What happened during the eruption? How long did Pompeii lay buried and how wasit finally rediscovered? What was Pompeii's history before the disaster? Then, Peter Connolly does what he does better than anyone--he rebuilds the past in words and pictures, allowing us to imagine what it was like to live in old Pompeii. Like an archaeological detective, he sifts through the ruinsand artifacts to reconstruct one area of the town in minute detail. With maps and cross-sections, photographs, drawings, and engrossing, fact-filled text, Connolly takes us into the very homes of its citizens--into the kitchens, atriums, bedrooms and out into the gardens. We learn what the furniturelooked like, how the homes were lighted and heated, what kind of jewelry was popular, and what the gladiators wore. We
Peter Connolly is at Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Title:PompeiiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 0.28 inPublished:September 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199171580

ISBN - 13:9780199171583

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Table of Contents

IntroductionThe disasterVesuviusDiscovery and excavationAerial view of the excavationsThe town and its historyThe forumThe streets and water supplyPeople and accommodationInside the insulaHousesConstruction and decorationThe entranceThe reception rooms 1: the atriumThe reception rooms 2: the tablinumThe kitchen and toiletThe dining roomDinner partiesThe bedroomsFurniture, lighting and heatingThe gardenPrivate bathsThe streetThe commercial life of PompeiiThe shopsBars and tavernsThe bakersThe fullers and launderersThe public baths 1The public baths 2The public baths 3The theatreThe amphitheatreIn the arenaMapsGlossaryIndex

From Our Editors

Describes the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. and the rediscovery and subsequent excavation of this buried city

Editorial Reviews

'Pompeii has superb illustrations, combined with a sparse text that packs an enormous amount of scholarly information, presented in a way that is understandable and accessible to the YA reader. ... for the YA reader interested in what has actually been discovered there, and how thosediscoveries illustrate the daily life of Romans, this book is probably the best place to begin.'John Rosser, Boston College MA. Kliatt, Nov '94