Pompeii : The Life of a Roman Town
by Mary Beard
Editor: Profile Books Ltd
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VAINQUEUR of the WOLFSON HISTORY PRIZE 2008 “classic world most controversial demystifies our myths of style film on the Roman city with meticulous purse and propulsive energy” Laura Silverman, Daily Mail the ruins of Pompeii, b remained by an explosion of Vesuvius in 79 CE, offer the best proof that we have daily life in Pompeii.This remarkable book raises the challenge of giving meaning to the remains, but also explodes many myths: the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usual thought; or the hygiene of baths that must have been sprouted; or the legendary number of brothels, probably alone; or the count of mass death, perhaps less than ten percent of the population.An extraordinary and engaging portrait of an ancient city, its life and permanent rediscovery, by Great Britain’s favourite classicist
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