Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

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This captivating book explores the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum - the two cities on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous, but who were these men, women and children so cruelly frozen in time? Exploring striking new discoveries and over 200 sensational artefacts, the author brings the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum back to life from the ashes and ruins of their own homes.
Publisher: London : British Museum Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780714122762
0714122769
9780714122823
0714122823
9780199987436
0199987432
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map, plans ; 30 cm.
Additional Contributors: British Museum

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Jan 24, 2014

Wonderful history of the A.D 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. In Pompeii everything was covered by ash from a cloud 19 miles high and the city was buried 16 feet deep. In Herculaneum everything was burned and than covered by 75 feet of ash. The high heat killed instantly. In Pompeii the heat was not as great so the bodies did not burn, but were covered by ash which hardened around them. The houses were saved for the most part and the art work is beautiful as are the gardens. If you enjoy history you will love this book!!

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