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Pompeii (The Roman World) [Paperback]

Peter Connolly
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27 Sep 1990 The Roman World
The violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August AD 79 was one of the greatest natural disasters of all time. Thousands of people were suddenly entombed in the town of Pompeii, taken by surprise as a layer of ash and pumice, many metres thick, rained down on top of them from the long-dormant volcano. Uncovered nearly 2000 years later, Pompeii gives us an amazing record of everyday Roman life.

In this fascinating book, Peter Connolly recreates in his artwork and text every detail of the lives of the people of Pompeii. Their houses, shops, baths, theatres and more are brought vividly to life.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (27 Sep 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199171580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199171583
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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

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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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Little Book 21 Aug 2009
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Having just visited Pompeii for a 2 hour trip I was keen to read about what I had just photographed. I bought this book for my 14 year old son and another more substantial volume for myself. It is so well illustrated however I felt compelled to read it. The reconstruction diagrams and description really bring the place alive in a way that is hard to achieve by visiting the site alone. The only other way to do this is to visit the national archaeological museum in Naples. (At present rates of exchange is is cheaper to buy the book).

This book is an excellent way to get started on the subject of Pompeii both for adults wanting a very quick read and for interested children.

If you can read it before you visit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Beginners 7 Aug 2008
Pompeii probably stands as one of the greatest cities of the Classical world. In many ways it is more fascinating than Athens or Rome, because so much of its buildings were preserved following the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. It is often said that Pompeii is a city trapped in time.

Peter Connolly, an expert at historical reconstructions, has written this almost perfect little book for children, interested adults and the layperson. Filled with Connolly's brilliant reconstructive paintings, it shows us the daily lives of the people before the city was destroyed.
Connolly tells us the story of Pompeii, from the cities origins to its destruction as well as the story of how the archaeologists recovered it.
Along the way, Connolly shows us the make-up of the city, it's walls, buildings, gardens, amphitheatre, baths, shops and streets. In every section he provides his reconstructions, from scenes of gladiatorial combat, to aerial-views of fulleries and launderers, pots and pans, aqueducts and construction techniques.
Maps and modern photographs of the site helps put these reconstructive paitnings in their context.

Connolly's book is accessible and readable, and is aimed at just about everybody. If you have an interest in Pompeii then this book would make a great introduction to the subject. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pompeii 22 Sep 2003
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I received the book and read it in two days. Having just completed GCSE Archaeology (mature student) and embarking on GCSE Classic Civilisations I found this book great and easy to read.
The book was a good account of life in Pompeii before the eruption - part fact and part fiction.
I liked the research on Pliny the elder and younger - and also the Aquaducts systems.
Good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Having visited the Pompeii excavation 2 weeks ago I wanted a book that showed reconstructions of the buildings I'd seen in a ruined state.
This book is thin but very well produced and offers a good history of Pompeii, it's destruction and excavation. It then moves on to describing the buildings and objects found in the ruins. All the illustrations are in colour and nicely done, the graphical reconstructions of buildings and heating systems are superb and the book is good from start to finish. My only complaints, and in context they are not complaints, is that I'd prefer to have paid more for a hard back and more durable edition (this is a magazine style publication with a card type cover) and I'd have liked the book to be twice as long because it's so interesting. I finished it in a couple of hours but it IS a good reference. For anyone about to visit Pompeii then READ THIS FIRST. Also, buy a map when you're there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Connolly never fails to deliver 11 Dec 2013
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Many of the late Peter Connolly's books sit on my bookshelves, including the superlative Greece and Rome at War. I didn't know that he'd written a text about Pompeii until I found myself researching for a short story about the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. The quality of Connolly's work is such that I bought this book without even thinking.

I wasn't disappointed. Although the cover is oddly an image of a house in Herculaneum, rather than Pompeii, the book is a sheer delight from start to finish. The descriptions of the eruption, the town, its inhabitants and their houses and possessions are very good, but it's the diagrams and drawings that bring Pompeii to life.

Thoroughly recommended. Five solid stars out of five.

Ben Kane, author of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome and Fields of Blood, and the upcoming e-short story, Day of Fire: The Soldier's Story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 6 Aug 2012
By Trish
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We bought this book as we were about to visit Pompeii. We read the book before going and found it very informative. We also used it while walking round Pompeii as a reference guide, rather than using the audio guides or paying for someone to show us round. Excellent buy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pompeii (The Roman World) 8 Mar 2009
Purchased this book for my 10 year old son who is currently studing the Roman empire at his school. The book is very well written and full of great pictures and diagrams. It has really helped my son understand this period in history. I Would recommend this book to other children studing this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Jun 2014
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I bought this book to help me with my GCSE in classical civilisation for the Pompeii and Herculaneum topic and this contained all of the relevant information I needed and really helped for my exam, it shows a good insight into the classical world for example how they lived and their everyday lives also how their society worked e.g. with the forum and public baths, I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up Pompeii
Got this just in time for my son's school trip to Pompeii with his Latin GCSE class. He's been more interested now he's seen Pompeii 'live' - it's a great resource book, and a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Diana
3.0 out of 5 stars Information on historical books
This book is okay a bit limited and needs supplementing. Will need to find other sources of information for the project for which this was required.
Published 4 months ago by Alsyee
5.0 out of 5 stars Using for a course
This book arrived promptly and in excellent condition. It is exactly what I need for my course. Thank you - clear, concise without talking down to folk.
Published 5 months ago by l c norman
5.0 out of 5 stars Pompeii
Very good book with loads of interesting facts and pictures. Visited there last year but never got to see even half of what was there as so much to see in a short viist. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Bugg
5.0 out of 5 stars Pompeii
Having recently visited Pompeii, where I bought a guide book , I found that edition inadequate but Peter Connolly's edition was much more informative. An excellent book.
Published 5 months ago by Barry Leech
4.0 out of 5 stars I think I chose well
This was a fine balance between picture and information. The tragedy was well documented and the resultant as seen today very well explained... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Scitch
4.0 out of 5 stars School work.
I bought this book to help my granddaughter with her school work, which it did. I also read it and found it of interest.
Published 10 months ago by John Canning
4.0 out of 5 stars Book about Pompeii
Having recently visited, wanted to learn more. Bit disappointed it did not cover the whole site but gave a good insight into the roman way of life in Pompeii and the layout of a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by JayneyP
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
Well written with plenty of good quality illustrations - although sometimes some of the reference numbers explaining image details are a little tricky to see. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Richard
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