Since its discovery in the middle of the eighteenth century, Pompeii has aroused the interest of scholars and nonexperts alike. The thrill of finding the ancient cityburied by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 ADwas heightened by the rich history of this Roman town and her people. When the ancient sculptures, decorations, and buildings of Pompeii first came to light, they were eagerly compared with then-contemporary knowledge of classical antiquity, and even today are immensely important in understanding ancient Roman civilization.
This comprehensive guide features an insightful history of Pompeii along with beautiful photographs of the ruins, frescoes, and art objects of the city. Pompeii is toured via three imagined itineraries: from Porta Marina, one of the best preserved gates through the city walls, to the House of Ceii; from Via dell'Abbondanza to Porta Nocera; and from the House of Julius Polibius to the Villa of the Mysteries, the finest example of a suburban house. A thematic index and an index of places and buildings are also included, making this a useful guide for travelers, students, scholars, or anyone with an interest in this fascinating site.
Pier Giovanni Guzzo is Soprintendente Archeologico di Pompeii. Published by L'Erma di Bretschneider and distributed in North America by the Getty Museum.
This title is out of print. Please look for it at your local libraries and/or used bookstores.
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