The resonant ruins of Pompeii are perhaps the most direct route
back to the living, breathing world of the ancient Romans. Two
million visitors annually now walk the paved streets which
re-emerged, miraculously preserved, from their layers of volcanic
ash. 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, helpfully 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, of the forum, temples, brothels, bath-houses, bakeries,
gymnasia, amphitheatre, necropolis and other site buildings -
including perennial favourites like the House of the Faun, named
after its celebrated dancing satyr.
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