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Pompeii HistoryPompeii: History, Life and Afterlife The very preservation of so much of Pompeii after the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 has made it difficult to reconstruct its long earlier history. There are signs of Etruscan presence in the sixth century BC, and the town expanded as early as the late third century BC. After the Social War and the siege of Pompeii, a colonia was planted there and a major building programme followed - which was to be enhanced in the early Empire after the instability of the civil wars. Roger Ling describes the day-to-day life of the city's in-habitants on the eve of the fatal eruption, as well as the eruption itself and its aftermath. The city was rediscovered in the late sixteenth century and since then archaeologists have discovered more and more of the city's past.

Houses and Society in PompeiiHouses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum Few sources reveal the life of the ancient Romans as vividly as do the houses preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius. Wealthy Romans lavished resources on shaping their surroundings to impress their crowds of visitors. The fashions they set were taken up and imitated by ordinary citizens. In this illustrated book, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill explores the rich potential of the houses of Pompeii and Herculaneum to offer new insights into Roman social life. Exposing misconceptions derived from contemporary culture, he shows the close interconnection of spheres we take as discrete: public and private, family and outsiders, work and leisure. Combining archaeological evidence with Roman texts and comparative material from other cultures, Wallace-Hadrill raises a range of new questions. How did the organization of space and the use of decoration help to structure social encounters between owner and visitor, man and woman, master and slave? What sort of "households" did the inhabitants of the Roman house form? How did the world of work relate to that of entertainment and leisure? How widely did the luxuries of the rich spread among the houses of craftsmen and shopkeepers? Through analysis of the remains of over two hundred houses, Wallace-Hadrill reveals the remarkably dynamic social environment of early imperial Italy, and the vital part that houses came to play in defining what it meant to live as a Roman.

Pompeii Private PublicPompeii: Public and Private Life (Revealing Antiquity) Pompeii was preserved, its urban design and domestic styles captured when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. This is the history of Pompeii, tracing the urban images that marked Pompeii's development from country town to Roman imperial city. It explores Pompeii's public buildings, its streets and gathering places, the impact of religious changes, the renovation of theatres and expansion of athletic facilities and the influence of elite families on the city's appearance. The private houses of Pompeii prove eloquent, their layout, decor, and architectural detail speak volumes about the way of life, taste and desires of their owners, at home or in public, at work or at ease.

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