In this innovative book, now available in paperback, Dr. Ray Laurence looks at the archaeological and literary evidence relating to the city of Pompeii from the viewpoint of architect, geographer and social scientist. Pompeii is used as a focus for many major debates in classical history and archaeology, such as whether or not cities were planned and how the ancient economy worked. This study enhances our general understanding of the Roman world.
Pompeii is shown to have undergone considerable urban development, and Dr. Laurence emphasizes the relationship between the fabric of the city and the society that produced it. Local activities are located in both time and space and Pompeii's cultural identity is defined.