Saturday, 22 August 2009

Book: The Romans on the Bay of Naples

I had a very nice surprise this morning, when a copy of Lawrence Keppie's new book arrived on my doorstep (thank you, Lawrence!).

Here are the details:
Lawrence Keppie, The Romans on the Bay of Naples: An archaeological guide. Stroud: The History Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0752448404.

A history and guide to the spectacular Roman remains of Pompeii, Naples and others Roman towns and villas on the Bay of Naples are among the best know to the modern public, largely because some, including Pompeii and Herculaneum, were buried under ash, pumice and mud, when nearby Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, preserving them for our benefit. Before modern development the Romans would have seen these places in a system of towns and countryside. Our knowledge of this area is continually being added to by new discoveries, excavation and research. This book offers an up-to-date description of the remains, how they were used in Roman times and a guide to visiting them. It covers not only the better known sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, but also the other Roman remains in the area which were much more important, including Puteoli (modern Pozzuoli) and Naples itself. This book will appeal to enthusiasts, tourists and students alike.
The book can be ordered from The History Press website.

Congratulations to Lawrence, and to Margaret Robb who did the fabulous photography for the book, on producing an up-to-date English-language guidebook to the Bay of Naples. Everyone should get a copy of this!

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