Excellent. fantastic insight to pompeii when we visited in december , the book and free site map was all we needed to see the best of pompeii reccommend This is an excellent read It brings the ancient town of Pompeii to life I would recommend even if you are not visiting the site. Really good archaeological guide which brings the site to life though it s excellent descriptions and plans of the buildings. I read this book from cover to cover with great interest The author is particularly strong in her research into the Italian sources There may be a few careless mistakes but these don t detract from the quality of the book. I am finding it very illuminating and informative I live in Italy and this book fills a niche as well as being pleasant reading All this background information will make a visit to Pompei interesting for anyone planning to go there. used for own use Pompeii Awakened is not quite what I d expected it to be Having recently seen the Pompeii exhibit at the Minnesota Science Museum in St Paul, I d expected a catalogue of finds and their cultural and historical significance, of an interpretation of the site in terms of its place in the history of the world Instead what the book presents is an ongoing history of the site as a cultural artifact, one which has had value to those who were in control of it at any given time It is also the story of an archaeological oddity that has had a significant and ongoing impact on world culture by virtue of its unique preservation Roman culture has always had a place in Western civilization, guaranteed by the survival of its language and literature, especially through the agency of the Roman Catholic Church The words of Ovid, Terrance, Horace, Cicero, and Caesar brought ideas to later generations that inspired the shaping and reshaping of the world, but they were only words, second hand impressions at best With Pompeii, the lives of the Romans became almost unbearably real Here later generations could peak into the lives of the ancients as they were in progress, interrupted by the disaster that preserved them.While not an historian or archaeologist herself, the author, Judith Harris, is a journalist of some distinction and a US expatriate who has lived and worked in Italy most of her life Her familiarity with Italy and its people has allowed her to present Pompeii as a cultural entity, subject to the whims of the King of Naples among others She uses the buried city as a proxy for the history of Italy as a whole In a collection of loosely united city states, the Italian people struggled to achieve a national identity long after other countries had already succeeded in doing so Pompeii as an artifact belonging to Naples helps to illustrate how the divisive interests of various power centers, including the gradually declining Papal authority, prevented a concerted effort toward that unity It also reveals that various international agendas, most notably France under Napoleon and Great Britain as it attempted to thwart him, also competed for control over the area Even the activity of Mussolini during World War II becomes understandable within the framework the author creats One might almost see WWII as the growing pains of national identity in general, just as the present efforts to unify Europe into a coherent entity are the growing pains of globalization.The book is well researched with an extensive bibliography and end notes, some of which are in Italian Most of the journal articles are recent, although some are as far back as 1967 The discussion covers a period from the actual Vesuvian eruption to modern times The last chapter deals with the issues of the on going exploration of the site, it s preservation, and the ever present danger of reburial by the still active Volcano that destroyed it in the first place.An interesting book. The resonant ruins of Pompeii are perhaps the most direct route back to the living, breathing world of the ancient Romans Two million visitors annually now walk the paved streets which re emerged, miraculously preserved, from their layers of volcanic ash Yet for all the fame and unique importance of the site, there is a surprising lack of a handy archaeological guide in English to reveal and explain its public spaces and private residences This compact and user friendly handbook, written by an expert in the field, helpfully fills that gap Illustrated throughout with maps, plans, diagrams and other images, Pompeii An Archaeological Guide offers a general introduction to the doomed city followed by an authoritative summary and survey of the buildings, artefacts and paintings themselves The result is an unrivalled picture, derived from an intimate knowledge of Roman archaeology around the Bay of Naples, of the forum, temples, brothels, bath houses, bakeries, gymnasia, amphitheatre, necropolis and other site buildings including perennial favourites like the House of the Faun, named after its celebrated dancing satyr Lays out the perfect walking tour for Pompeii while giving a in depth history of the site.
- Pompeii: An Archaeological Guide
- Paul Wilkinson
- 02 December 2018 Paul Wilkinson