Top Marketplace offers for ISBN

9781861975164

Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town

Mary Beard Author

4 avg rating
( 863 ratings by GoodReads )
Image Not Available

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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

How exciting to have this perfect vademecum - another word for a guidebook, as all you Latin scholars will know, or literally, a "go-with-me". (Harry Mount Independent on Sunday)

[a] brilliant portrait of "the life of a Roman town"... [a] wonderful book. (James McConnachie Sunday Times)

Beard's cheerful scepticism makes her Pompeii more intriguing, more believable, than any version I have read. (Christian Tyler FT)

A vivid demonstration that sceptical scholarship can provide as gripping a read as sensationalism... a learned and fascinating book. (Tom Holland Guardian 2008-09-20)

Such verve and such mesmerising detail...A work of punctilious and scholarly devotion. (Ian Thomson Evening Standard 2008-09-22)

A vivid and engaging portrait of this enigmatic and historically important town (Clover Stroud Sunday Telegraph 2008-09-14)

Fresh and original, Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town makes history come alive ( Daily Express)

Dynamically, wittily and authoritatively brings the ancient world to life (Simon Sebag Montefiore Standard 2008-11-17)

The book begins in darkness with desperate fugitives attempting to outrun the deadly flow. It ends with a practical guide to viewing the site, right down to tipping the lavatory attendants ... It is an odd justaposition, but an inspired one. Few could resist a visit having read Mary Beard's compelling account. (Elizabeth Speller Independent 2008-10-03)

What Mary Beard , one of the most distinguished Roman historians in the English-speaking world, has given us here is a delightfully readable account ... [She] has the facility for bringing all [the] characters to life ...without sacrificing scholarly accuarcy. (John Dillon Irish Times 2008-09-20)

Her intelligence is ever alert, probing, questioning accepted stereotypes. She has the scepticism proper to the true historian. She repeatedly offers pithy and illuminating judgements. ... This is a fascinating book. (Alan Massie Literary Review 2008-10-10)

I'm tempted to say if you read one book of history this year it should be Pompeii. Not just because it is written with a rare mixture of scrupulous scholarship and a relaxed conversational narrative drive - Beard seems actually to like her readers, which is rare among serious scholars - but becuase Pompeii itself matters. (Michael Bywater New Statesman 2008-09-22)

My advice? Buy this book before you go - all trips to Pompeii, armchair or actual, will be inordinately enhanced. (Bettany Hughes Times 2008-10-18)

A forensic adventure through the back alleys and the mansions of a dead city, checking the beds, the looms, the loos, what time the carts rolled in the streets, what was for breakfast and the politics going down in the Forum ... a proper detcitive story ... a wonder (Michael Pye Scotsman 2008-09-20)

She makes the dead of Pompeii spring to life. (Raymond Carr Spectator 2008-09-13)

This is ancient history as it should be written and the invaluable companion to any trip to Pompeii. (Giles Foden Conde Nast Traveller 2008-10-04)

Much of what you think you know about Pompeii may turn out, on reading this eye-opening book, to be wrong. ...Beard always wears her learning lightly, and in this outstanding book she has excelled herself ...gripping (Andrew Holgate Sunday Times (Christmas Books Roundup) 2008-11-30)

Mary Beard is a wonderful and amusing companion and explainer. If you ever go to Pompeii, read this first. (Boris Johnson Irish Mail on Sunday 2009-01-04)

Review:

A vivid demonstration that sceptical scholarship can provide as gripping a read as sensationalism ... a learned and fascinating book.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Mary Beard Author
Published by Profile Books
ISBN 10: 1861975163 ISBN 13: 9781861975164
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
ExtremelyReliable
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Profile Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1861975163

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 154.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: £ 2.62
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Mary Beard Author
Published by Profile Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 1861975163 ISBN 13: 9781861975164
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Profile Books, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_1861975163

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
£ 157.06
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds