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Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
by Mary Beard
Edition: Hardcover

67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing views of Pompeii, 22 Sept. 2008
There has always been, since the first discovery, conflict over the meaning of the archeological findings. Some texts are more rigid than others, for example the splendidly illustrated 'Complete Pompeii' by Berry. This new volume has a more laid back approach and all, or at least most, of ones long set assumptions are questioned. So, this is not a guide to carry round the site but a superb contemplation of how life in the town might have been, Like the "Triumph', Prof. Beard shakes the established ideas and stimulates. I found it hard to put down.

The Scottish Enlightenment
The Scottish Enlightenment
by Alexander Broadie
Edition: Paperback

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After the '45, 2 Feb. 2004
An extraordinary short period of Scottish history, much neglected by general historians, holds a fascinating and unique example of rapd growth in almost all areas of culture. This would be interesting were it not for the background which might have been thougt to exclude any such development. It is generally thought that the enlightenment was primarily a philosophic event but Brodies excellent descriptio of the larger picture has the quality of a denoument. Easy to read, clear and concise, no one intersted in the peiod should miss this.

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