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BOOKS ABOUT POMPEII (ERUPTION, ART & PLASTER CASTS)

For Children

Bodies from the Ash: life and Death in Ancient Pompeii

Review

Ashen Sky: The Letters of Pliny The Younger on the Eruption of Vesuvius

 

Vacation Under The Volcano (Magic Tree House)

 

In Search of Pompeii

 

Pompeii (Roman World)

 

Earthly Remains: The History and Science of Preserved Human Bodies

Review

 

Escape from Pompeii

 

 Pompeii...Buried Alive! (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)

 

The Pirates of Pompeii

 


The Buried City of Pompeii: Picture Book

 

For Adults and Guided Student Research

Resurrecting Pompeii

Recognizing the important contribution of the human skeletal evidence to the archaeology and history of Pompeii, Resurrecting Pompeii remedies this and provides students of archaeology and history with an essential resource in the study of this fascinating historical event. Published by Routledge. 

 

Pompeii's Living Statues: Ancient Roman Lives Stolen from Death

A narrative account, supported by contemporary documents, of the remarkable discovery of  ancient victims preserved in the volcanic mud of Vesuvius.

 

The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found

The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found  

The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79  is only part of the Pompeii's story. In The Fires of Vesuvius, acclaimed historian Mary Beard makes sense of the remains. She explores what kind of town it was—more like Calcutta or the Costa del Sol?—and what it can tell us about “ordinary” life there. From sex to politics, food to religion, slavery to literacy, Beard offers us the big picture even as she takes us close enough to the past to smell the bad breath and see the intestinal tapeworms of the inhabitants of the lost city. She resurrects the Temple of Isis as a testament to ancient multiculturalism. This book shows us how much more and less there is to Pompeii than a city frozen in time as it went about its business on 24 August 79. Not to be missed! For adults and high school students.

 

Pompeii Awakened presents a thorough background to the ancient site and fills in many obscure details about its rediscovery, including what happened to Pompeii during Mussolini's rise and fall from power. Excellent!

 

The Complete Pompeii is the ultimate resource guide to the ancient town. 360 illustrations (320 in color), this volume is impressive. Highly, highly recommended!

 

 

Pompeii: Art and Treasures of a Buried City

 

Secrets of Pompeii: Everyday Life in Ancient Rome  

 

Antiquity Recovered: The Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum  

 

The World of Pompeii

 

Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum This book presents a picture of life at the time Vesuvius erupted in a clear and vivid account: nonfiction that reads like a novel. Highly recommended!

 

Vesuvius A.D.79

Review

  This  concise account includes the clearest and most scientific information about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Detailed information and pictures about the discovery of human remains. 

 

Ghosts of Vesuvius: A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, & Other Strange Connections A strange, but completely fascinating look at Pompeii, the twin towers, and other connections.

 

Pompeii came from a BBC documentary about the ancient city (and also shown on the Discovery Channel in the US). This book provides a massive amount of details about the city before, during and after the eruption of Vesuvius. Not to be missed!

 

 

The Lost World of Pompeii

Review

 

 

Pompeii  

 

Pompeii : The Living City  

 

Pompeii

 

Pompeii   Pompeii: A Source Book

Pompeii by Alison Cooley examines the impact of science, archaeology, and politics upon interpretations of Pompeii over the last 250 years, including the ways in which vulcanology has transformed our picture of its last moments. Pompeii: A Sourcebook which is designed more for students and provides excerpts from primary sources on Pompeii.

 

 Gladiators at Pompeii  Well-written look at a fascinating subject. Covers the details of gladiator combat in general as well as the spectacles at Pompeii. Includes a few pages on female gladiators. 

 

Women and Beauty in Pompeii explores the nature of female beauty in ancient Rome by studying depictions of heavenly and earthly women in Pompeian art. The first section discuss the care of the body, while the second section discusses adornments .

 

And don't forget Herculaneum, Pompeii's neighboring city. 

The Town of Hercules: A Buried Treasure Trove explains what happened when Vesuvius erupted and the results of archaeological excavations: not only the artifacts but what the discoveries have revealed about the lives of both the wealthy and working people. 

An earlier edition is Herculaneum: Italy's Buried Treasure. Either one is highly recommended!

 

The Herculaneum Women: History, Context, Identities

About 1710, three life-size marble statues of women were found near Portici on the Bay of Naples. This book presents for the first time in any language the comprehensive story of these famous statues, including their discovery, archaeological context, art history, interpretation, (an ongoing debate), and the impact of the Greek statuary types on representations of Roman women throughout the Mediterranean.

 

The Library of the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum Written for the general reader, this introduction to the ancient library describes the long and difficult history of attempts to unwind the damaged rolls.

 

The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum: Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection The book describes the nature of the ancient sculptures found at the Villa dei Papiri and their impact on the modern public.

 

 

 

 

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