Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Bargains from Oxbow books:
The Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii: Ancient Ritual, Modern Muse
edited by Elaine Gazda
This is a catalogue of an exhibition by the Kelsey Museum at the University of Michigan which focused on a cycle of frescoes found in 1990 at the well-known villa on the outskirts of ancient Pompeii. Probably painted around 60 BC, the cycle depicts young women probably being initiated into the cult of Bacchus (Dionysus) in preparation for marriage. The catalogue presents a number of objects connected with the villa, as well as the reconstruction ...
Paperback. Publisher's Price GB £22.50, Our Price GB £9.95
The Natural History of Pompeii
by W.F. Jashemski
Following the prototype established by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History, Jashemski and the volume's contributors reconstruct the environment of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the surrounding Campanian countryside, based on the evidence preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. The volume brings together the work of geologists, soil specialists, paleobotanists, botanists, paleontologists, biologists, chemists, dendrochronologists, ...
Hardback. Publisher's Price GB £147.00, Our Price GB £49.95