Editorial Reviews for this title:
The headings of Mary Beard's notes give a taste of this astonishing book: Bad Breath, Intestinal Parasites, Performing Monkeys, One-way Streets, Kosher Food, Water Shortages. The Temple of Isis serves to bring in multiculturalism. The House of the Menander tells how a house worked. At the Suburban Baths we go from communal bathing to hygiene to erotica. 154 writing tablets from the House of Caecilius Jucundus detail the accounts of its owner. 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.
A brilliant portrait of "the life of a Roman town" ... [a] wonderful book. -- James McConnachie, Sunday Times
A vivid and engaging portrait of this enigmatic and historically important town.
-- Sunday Telegraph
A vivid demonstration that sceptical scholarship can provide as gripping a read as sensationalism ... a learned and fascinating book. -- Guardian
Beard's cheerful scepticism makes her Pompeii more intriguing, more believable, than any version I have read. -- Christian Tyler, FT
Such verve and such mesmerising detail ... A work of punctilious and scholarly devotion. -- Evening Standard
A vivid demonstration that sceptical scholarship can provide as gripping a read as sensationalism ... a learned and fascinating book.
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