The Insula of the Menander at Pompeii
The Structures Volume 1
By (author) Roger Ling
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Insula of the Menander at Pompeii by Roger Ling
Book DescriptionThis is the first of three volumes which offer a detailed analysis of one of the major city-blocks of ancient Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Excavated between 1926 and 1932, the Insula of Menander is so named after the structure that occupies over half the block's total area of 3,500 square metres, the House of the Menander, one of the grandest mansions of the city. Other, smaller houses, notably the House of the Lovers and the House of the Craftsmen, occupy outlying parts, and a number of shops and apartments are interspersed among them. The purpose of the present volume is to document a complete survey of the architecture of the block and thus trace the structural history of the Insula, with its intricate pattern of changing property-boundaries, over the 250-300 years of its existence. Subsequent volumes will examine the decorations (wall-paintings and mosaic pavements) and the objects that were found during excavation. Paradoxically, while Pompeii is one of the best known of all Roman archaeological sites, very few areas of the site have been fully published. This is the first time a global study has been undertaken of one of the major city-blocks and it shows the enormous potential of such investigations to reveal insights into the social history of the city.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198134091
(286mm x 228mm x 31mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-May-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roger Ling
Insula of the Menander at Pompeii, Hardback (August 2005)
This is the second in a series of five volumes examining the Insula (city block) of the Menander at Pompeii. Featuring not only the grand House of the Menander, which gives the block its name, but also the lesser houses, it is the first full publication of the rich stock of wall paintings and mosaics in this neighbourhood of Pompeii.
Pompeii, Paperback (May 2005)
Pompeii, the Roman city buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in August AD 79, is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. This book traces the evolution of the city from its origins as a small Oscan or Etruscan settlement of the seventh and sixth centuries BC to a flourishing urban centre of the early Roman Empire.
Roman Painting, Paperback (March 1991)
This book provides a general survey of Roman wall-painting from the second century BC through to the fourth century AD.
Cambridge Ancient History, Hardback (July 1984)» View all books by Roger Ling
The intention of this volume is both to complement the text volumes and to provide a commentary on the material evidence of antiquity. It covers the Hellenistic period from 323 to the first century BC, including Ptolematic Egypt, the Seleucid kingdom, India, Asia Minor, Macedonia, and Greece.
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