Pompeii

The Living City

Alex Butterworth and Ray Laurence

St. Martin's Press

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The ash of Mt. Vesuvius preserves a living record of the complex and exhilarating society it instantly obliterated two thousand years ago. In this highly readable, lavishly illustrated book, Butterworth and Laurence marshall cutting-edge archaeological reconstructions and a vibrant historical tradition dating to Pliny and Tacitus; they present a richly textured portrait of a society not altogether unlike ours, composed of individuals ordinary and extraordinary who pursued commerce, politics, family and pleasure in the shadow of a killer volcano.  Deeply resonant in a world still at the mercy of natural disaster, Pompeii recreates life as experienced in the city, and those frantic, awful hours in AD 79 that wiped the bustling city from the face of the earth.

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Praise for Pompeii

"A compelling and yet highly detailed narrative. I only wish it had been available when I was researching my novel." - bestselling author Robert Harris

"An immensely evocative, well-written and powerful portrait of what life was really like in Pompeii." - Tom Holland, author of RUBICON

"Brings Pompeii startlingly alive once more" - History Today

"a vivid portrait of place and people before the cataclysms of AD 62 and 75" -Church Times

"accessible, wide-ranging and evocative and makes surprisingly compelling reading." - Catholic Times

"For those looking to be transported back to the living city, it will be hard to resist." - Oxford Times

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Alex Butterworth and Ray Laurence

ALEX BUTTERWORTH and RAY LAURENCE are popular historians living in Britain.

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Pompeii
The Living City
Alex Butterworth and Ray Laurence

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
October 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312355852
ISBN10: 0312355858
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 368 pages, Includes sixteen pages of color photographs
$29.95

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St. Martin's Press
December 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466860643
ISBN10: 1466860642
368 pages, Includes sixteen pages of color photographs
$7.99
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