Pompeii -

Pompeii

The Life of a Roman Town

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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.

Product code: 9781861975966

ISBN 9781861975966
No. Of Pages 416
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Edition Main
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS22
In this brilliant portrait of the 'life in a Roman town', Mary Beard uses the relics buried by the eruption on AD79 to bring everyday Roman culture alive.'