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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2008.

The ruins of Pompeii, buried by an explosion of Vesuvius in 79 CE, offer the best evidence we have of everyday life in the Roman empire. This remarkable book rises to the challenge of making sense of those remains, as well as exploding many myths: the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought, or the hygiene of the baths that must have been hotbeds of germs, or the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one, or the massive death count, maybe less than 10 per cent of the population.

An extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing rediscovery, by Britain's favourite classicist.

©2010 Mary Beard (P)2010 Hachette Audio UK

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"The world's most controversial classicist debunks our movie-style myths about the Roman town with meticulous scholarship and propulsive energy." (Laura Silverman, Daily Mail)

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  • 29-01-2022

In put down able....

I have this book by Mary Beard and am so pleased it is even more enjoyable on audio.
Having been there it's made me wish to return with Mary as the guide..... She makes it real even though there are still many puzzles re roman life.
I wish Mary had read her own book, I always find Ms Nash's overemphasis and preciceness, rather jarring.

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  • brian j poulson
  • 11-12-2021

Loved it

Loved this book it was so informative and the narrator was brilliant. I would deffinatley recommend for anyone interested in Pompeii

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