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

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Item description for Pompeii: The History, Life, and Art of the Buried City by Marisa Ranieri Panetta & Supts. Of Pompeii & Campania...

Presents an overview of the ancient city, using the latest archaeological findings to examine different aspects of the religious. commercial, civic and private life of its citizens.

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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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Item Specifications...

Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 10.5" Height: 14.25"
Weight:   7.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 26, 2004
Publisher   White Star
ISBN  8854400300  
ISBN13  9788854400306  

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More About Marisa Ranieri Panetta & Supts. Of Pompeii & Campania

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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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Lavishly illustrated well written overview of Pompeii  Mar 20, 2008
Owning many books on Pompei and having visited many times, I approached this book not expecting to learn anything new. I was wrong. There are many Pompei picture books that repeat the same old stuff that I am leery of buying any more. This lavishly illustrated book shows the ruins and artifacts in detail that you cannot see with a throng of tourists milling about or rushing past at the Museo Archaeolgico Nazionale in Naples.

Centuries ago, a visiting philosopher remarked: never has such a great tragedy brought such great pleasure to posterity as did the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The city frozen in time by the ash of Vesuvius has opened a window onto life in the early Roman empire. Maiuri invented a technique for making plaster casts of space left in the volcanic ash by the decomposed bodies of the victims of Vesuvius. It is possible two millenia later to see death agony on the faces of these victims. One of these victims, a chained guard dog can be seen curled up, howling in agony while straining against the chain that binds it. The author details the thousands of graffiti discovered, some sexual, some politically-oriented, some are insults directed at rivals. Many of these give insight into scenes of everyday life that allow the modern reader to feel a kinship to Pompeiians that is lacking even in our understanding of day-to-day life a mere few centuries ago. The ancient Romans, lacking our Christian moral code, expressed themselves in ways that until recently were self-censored as being too sexual, too self-centered or amoral.

As a large heavy folio it is too large to carry to Pompeii as a guide book. Look to the Knopf guide to Naples and Pompeii for a portable guidebook.

Highly recommended. Above average photo reproduction. Well written. A worthwhile addition to my Pompeii library.
Awesome  Mar 9, 2008
Great value! We visited recently and having this book really completes the experience. Photos are terrific too.
Great Book  Dec 16, 2007
Like all the other reviewers, I think this is a great book. There is one thing nobody else mentions, however (that I would have known had I read the product information more carefully). This book is huge! It overwhelms the average size coffee table I have, but I can't bear to put it away.
Gorgeous Book!  Aug 17, 2007
This book is stunning! The photography is breathtaking. The first class photos are huge, many double fold out. The essays are thorough - written by specialists of Pompeii in a gracious, informative style!

The photographs primarily cover art: the amazing wall paintings, furniture, architecture, gardens, rooms, and possessions of wealthy Pompeiians. The photographic perspectives are superb! Not included are the tragic plaster figures of victims and a map of Pompeii. Nor is Herculaenium depicted.

Nothing has been spared to make this THE BOOK of Pompeiian art. It is a "coffee table" book... heavy and large. The pages are the highest grade quality, very thick and glossy. It looks, feels, and reads like it should cost well over $100 and probably does at fancy book stores. It's the nicest book I have ever owned.
A huge book for a little price.   Feb 19, 2007
Lots of wonderful pictures and information. I was really surprised. It's not a book you can bring along to Pompeii (it's really heavy and large). That was my orginal idea. However, it's filled with amazing pictures and details that I'll note and try to see. It will also be nice to have after my trip because there is no way I'll have the pictures that this book provides. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in Pompeii or is planning to visit.

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