Pompeii as it has never been seen: a journey through the life and death of one of antiquity's most amazing cities. Two illustrious names, Eva Cantarella and Luciana Jacobelli, for one of the world's most popular archaeological sites.
When Vesuvius roused from its slumbers in 79 AD and invested the whole surrounding area with ash and lapilli, it took with it the stories of the thousands of men and women who lay buried for hundreds of years. This richly illustrated book retraces everyday life up to the moment of the eruption, revealing at last what it meant to be born, live and die in a Roman city of the times and describing life’s essential and everyday moments – from childbirth to schooling, marriage and the woman’s role, from the markets and shops to building styles, jurisdiction, theatre performances, religiousness and eroticism, and from the ideal of carpe diem to funeral rituals. Buildings, bas-reliefs, sculptures, mosaics, paintings, everyday objects and jewellery all continue to convey a highly advanced civilisation that, not surprisingly, has fascinated all those who have come after it from the time of its rediscovery in the 18th century to the present day. Pompeii as it has never been seen – a journey through the life and death of one of antiquity’s most amazing cities. Two illustrious names – Eva Cantarella and Luciana Jacobelli – guarantee an in-depth approach that will fascinate both experts and the curious alike at a time when Pompeii is a burning issue, as well as being one of the world’s most popular archaeological sites.