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Pompeii: A Sourcebook (Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World) [Hardcover]

Alison E. Cooley , M.G.L. Cooley
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8 April 2004 Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World

This book presents translations of a wide selection of written records which survived the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, giving a vivid impression of what life was like in the town.

From the labels on wine jars to scribbled insults, and from advertisements for gladiatorial contests to love poetry, the individual chapters explore the early history of Pompeii, its destruction, leisure pursuits, politics, commerce and religion, plus early reports of its excavation.

Information about the city from authors based in Rome is included, and the great majority of sources come from the city itself, written by its ordinary inhabitants – men and women, citizens and slaves.

With helpful introductions, notes and illustrations, this Sourcebook will appeal to anyone with an interest in Pompeii and in daily life in Roman times. It is also designed to be directly relevant to those studying the Romans in translation, at school or university level.



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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (8 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415262119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415262118
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 23 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,460,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alison E. Cooley is Reader in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. Her recent publications include Pompeii. An Archaeological Site History (2003), a translation, edition and commentary of the Res Gestae Divi Augusti (2009), and The Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy (2012).

M.G.L. Cooley teaches Classics and is Head of Scholars at Warwick School. He is Chairman and General Editor of the LACTOR sourcebooks, and has edited three volumes in the series: The Age of Augustus (2003), Cicero's Consulship Campaign (2009) and Tiberius to Nero (2011).

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 18 Feb 2013
By Sing
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I bought this book as it was the required reading for my university course at the beginning of this year, it is a very well written book as it has lots of inscriptions from various areas of Pomepian life such as the leisure, politics and social life. Each of these is divided into separate chapters which begin with an introduction. I think the book is very well laid out and is a very good source book.
However I would have liked some more information given in the introductions and more regarding where the inscriptions were found.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review 12 July 2013
By Debbie
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I bought this book as it was a recommended book for a course that I am doing on Pompeii, as the course does not start until September, I can't give a detailed review of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pompeii A Sourcebook is a superb collection 13 May 2013
By John G. Sharp - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to know more about Roman life this wonderful collection of ancient texts concerning this fascinating city, then, Pompeii A Source Book is the volume to own. The Cooleys have assembled many of the best Pompeian inscriptions, and combined these with extensive selections of a a wide variety graffiti from its walls and buildings.

The authors have also included many of many of the early archaeological reports all of which makes their volume a unique introduction to Pompeii. They the authors are each experts in their respective fields, Alison E. Cooley is the author of the recent Cambridge Manual of Latin Epigraphy.

The introduction and notes are first rate and all the ancient sources and inscriptions are fully translated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed book 2 May 2010
By sue - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the story line as well as the history. Felt like I was living Pompeii.
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