The violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August AD 79 was one of the greatest natural disasters of all time. Thousands of people were suddenly entombed in the town of Pompeii, taken by surprise as a layer of ash and pumice, many metres thick, rained down on top of them from the long-dormant volcano. Uncovered nearly 2000 years later, Pompeii gives us an amazing record of everyday Roman life. In this fascinating book, Peter Connolly recreates in his artwork and text every detail of the lives of the people of Pompeii. Their houses, shops, baths, theatres and more are brought vividly to life.
Peter Connolly was a renowed British scholar of the ancient world, Greek, and Roman military equipment historian, reconstructional archaeologist, and illustrator. He was awarded an honorary research fellowship at the Institute of Archaeology of the University College London.
Introduction ; The disaster ; Vesuvius ; Discovery and excavation ; Aerial view of the excavations ; The town and its history ; The forum ; The streets and water supply ; People and accommodation ; Inside the insula ; Houses ; Construction and decoration ; The entrance ; The reception rooms 1: the atrium ; The reception rooms 2: the tablinum ; The kitchen and toilet ; The dining room ; Dinner parties ; The bedrooms ; Furniture, lighting and heating ; The garden ; Private baths ; The street ; The commercial life of Pompeii ; The shops ; Bars and taverns ; The bakers ; The fullers and launderers ; The public baths 1 ; The public baths 2 ; The public baths 3 ; The theatre ; The amphitheatre ; In the arena ; Maps ; Glossary ; Index