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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books; Main edition (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846684714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846684715
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 235 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This marvellous book won the Wolfson History Prize and is a model of subtle but accessible writing about the past (Judith Rice Guardian)

Classicist Mary Beard has had a great time rooting about that ghostly place, and she has brought it quite splendidly back to life. (Nicholas Bagnall Sunday Telegraph)

To the vast field of Pompeiiana she brings the human touch... this absorbing, inquisitive and affectionate account of Pompeii is a model of its kind. Beard has caught the quick of what was and, in our lives today, remains the same. (Ross Leckie The Times)

Very readable and excellently researched... Beard's clear-sighted and accessible style makes this a compelling look into history. (Alexander Larman Observer)

If you want to know what really happened in the last days of the petrified city, Beard's meticulous reconstruction will fill you in, scraping away many of your preconceptions as it goes, while her evocative writing will transport you back. (Guardian)

The world's most controversial classicist debunks our movie-style myths about the Roman town with meticulous scholarship and propulsive energy ... scrutinising and animated in equal measure. (Laura Silverman Daily Mail)

A brilliant portrait ... this meticulous, vivid study of life in the town rightly and resolutely focuses on the living city. (James McConnachie Sunday Times)

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Beard's cheerful scepticism makes her Pompeii more intriguing, more believable, than any version I have read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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