9781861975966

Pompeii

The Life of a Roman Town

Mary Beard


Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9781861975966
Published: July 2009

Price: $24.99

Condition: New

Pompeii explodes a number of myths - from the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; and the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one, to the massive death count which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. Street Life, Earning a Living: Baker, Banker and Garum Maker (who ran the city), The Pleasure of the Body: Food, Wine, Sex and Baths, these chapter headings give a surprising insight into the workings of a Roman town. At the Suburban Baths we go from communal bathing to hygiene to erotica. A fast-food joint on the Via dell' Abbondanza introduces food and drink and diets and street life. These are just a few of the strands that make up an extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain's leading classicist.

Details
  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • ISBN13: 9781861975966
  • Published: July 2009
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Width (mm): Not specified
  • Height (mm): Not specified
  • Depth (mm): Not specified
  • Weight (g): 334

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