Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum


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  • The accompanying title to the major exhibition at the British Museum: Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, 28 March - 29 September 2013.

    This captivating book explores the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum the two cities on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous, but who were these men, women and children so cruelly frozen in time?

    The author and curator of the exhibition brings the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum back to life from the ashes and ruins of their own homes. Amongst the artefacts are magnificent mosaics, a carbonized wooden cradle and a birth certificate of a little girl, each of which is accompanied by stunning new photography.

    An unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.

    About the Author

    Paul Roberts is a curator at the British Museum specializing in Roman art and archaeology.

  • Product code: cmcf22762
    Exhibition: Pompeii and Herculaneum
    World culture: Ancient Rome
    Title: Life and death in pompeii and Herculaneum
    Author: Paul Roberts
    ISBN: 978 0 7141 2276 2
    Number of pages: 320 pages
    Size: 28.9cm x 24.5cm
    llustrations: 250 colour illustrations
    Publication date: March 2013
    Weight: 0.76kg
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  • Meet the people of the famous Roman empire and find out about their lives and their world. Written by the curator of the Museum's upcoming exhbition, Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

An excellent catalogue.
New York Review of Books

This is an outstanding publication from the British Museum...wonderful.
The Press newspaper

Many books have been written about the cities buried by Vesuvius, but few have presented their story with such clarity, sobriety, and so much new material: drawing on overlooked items in museum storerooms and finds from the most recent excavations, Paul Roberts succeeds in making the past tangible.
The J. Paul Getty Museum

Curator Paul Roberts has done a superb job in bringing these objects to life, using them in such a way that each work in the show adds something new to our understanding of the classical world.
The Telegraph

[Encapsulates] the latest research and opinions on these once living cities, invaluable in preparation for a visit.
The London Evening Standard

Magnificently illustrated throughout... highly recommended. A brilliant piece of work.
Edinburgh Guide

Family portraits, cosmetics containers, jars that housed edible dormice this is the stuff of real life, so rarely recorded in written sources.
Current World Archaeology magazine

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