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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. With excavations in progress for more than 250 years, it is also the subject of the world's longest-running archaeological dig. And yet in some ways we know less about Pompeii than we do about many other Roman sites. Because the city is so well preserved, excavations have concentrated upon exposing the remains of AD 79, and the earlier levels have been neglected. Only in recent years has a serious effort been made to trace the history of the city back to its beginnings more than seven centuries before it entombment. This book differs from previous studies in placing an emphasis on Pompeii's history. Using the evidence of the latest archaeological research, the author 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. Further chapters survey aspects of the life of the city in its last years and recount the story of its disappearance and rediscovery.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752414591
ISBN-10: 0752414593
Format: Paperback
(248mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roger Ling

Roger Ling is Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Manchester. In addition to excavating widely in Britain, he has directed a programme of recorded and analysis in the Pompeian city block containing the famous House of Menander, now being published in a five-volume monograph series.

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