Introduction The disaster Vesuvius Discovery and excavation Aerial view of the excavations The town and its history The forum The streets and water supply People and accommodation Inside the insula Houses Construction and decoration The entrance The reception rooms 1: the atrium The reception rooms 2: the tablinum The kitchen and toilet The dining room Dinner parties The bedrooms Furniture, lighting and heating The garden Private baths The street The commercial life of Pompeii The shops Bars and taverns The bakers The fullers and launderers The public baths 1 The public baths 2 The public baths 3 The theatre The amphitheatre In the arena Maps Glossary Index
Peter Connolly was a renowed British scholar of the ancient world, Greek, and Roman military equipment historian, reconstructional archaeologist, and illustrator. He was awarded an honorary research fellowship at the Institute of Archaeology of the University College London.
Gr 6-8-- Full-color photographs and illustrations and detailed sketches grace every page of this entry in an already crowded field of books on the subject. Detailed drawings of houses, shops, and public buildings such as baths, theatres, and temples in their original conditions help readers understand the day to day workings of a Roman town in the first century a.d. Particularly striking are the full-page cutaways of buildings. Each subject is addressed in a two-page layout. Such prosaic details as sewage systems and laundering techniques are given as much attention as gladiator games and drama. The accompanying text is sometimes a bit technical, and some Latin terms are not fully explained. A careful introduction illuminates not only the eruption, but also the early history of the city and the surrounding area. This is as complete and thorough a documentation of the story of Pompeii as any that can currently be found in children's collections. --David N. Pauli, Missoula Public Library, MT
'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 those discoveries illustrate the daily life of Romans, this book is probably the best place to begin.' John Rosser, Boston College MA. Kliatt, Nov '94