Wednesday 27 April 2011

Coarelli's Pompeii

I've just been contacted by the Riverside Book Company because they'd like to inform us that the print-run of Filippo Coarelli's Pompeii is almost sold out. If anyone wants to get their hands on a copy, they should visit the publisher's website.

Here are the book details:

ed. by Filippo Coarelli

"Highly recommended. All levels and collections." Choice

"Lavishly illustrated...recommended for larger public...or specialized libraries..." Library Journal

ISBN 1-878351-59-1
hardcover, cloth binding, french-fold jacket
408 pages, 10-1/2 x 12-1/2"
500 illustrations in color
published in 2002
Pompeii is one of the most important archeological sites in the world. Destroyed by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that began on the morning of August 24, 79 A.D., the buried city has preserved for all time a unique record of the life of its inhabitants. Unlike other ancient cities such as Rome that have a continuous history and layer upon layer of subsequent development, Pompeii has revealed itself to its excavators exactly as it was on that fateful day. Scorching clouds of fine ash suffocated every living creature, making it impossible for them to flee. Roofs collapsed and buildings were buried under the weight of the stone fragments hurled by the volcano. The massive destruction deprived the city and its people of a future, but also recorded their mute testimony for later generations.

This is the most complete, informative, and beautiful book on Pompeii ever published. Written by scholars who have been active participants in the excavation and study of Pompeii, it offers the latest research yet is addressed to a general audience. More than 500 color photographs convey the incredible richness of the city, the unsurpassed elegance of its interiors, and the great beauty of its art, including sculpture, frescoes, and mosaics. There is fabulous jewelry, including rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Fifteen individual houses receive detailed attention, along with the famous suburban villas, the Villa of the Mysteries and the Villa of Poppea at Oplontis.

The urban development of the city, including the construction of its walls and the function of  its government buildings, is explained. A separate section describes the major temples and  religious practices. The interesting and varied economic activities in Pompeii are explored  through descriptions of the meat and fish market, the office of weights and measures, the  taverns and cafes, and the workshops that cleaned and processed cloth. Bread is given its due, with the description of a bakery. And there is a rustic villa, the Villa della Pisanella at  Boscoreale, with its machinery for producing oil and wine, its apartments for the owners, and  dormitory for the slaves.

The fascinating social life of Pompeii is seen in descriptions of the gladiator games, athletic  competitions, the theaters, and the public baths. There is a section on the famous Lupanare,  or brothel, and a concluding chapter on funeral practices and the many tombs that line the  streets outside the city walls.

This book will appeal to travellers, to students of Rome and the ancient world, to artists,  designers, architects, urban planners, historians, and anyone else who might wish to  understand and appreciate the beauty and achievements of Pompeii.

About the Authors

Filippo Coarelli (Rome, 1936) is Professor of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the University  of Perugia. He is one of the foremost experts on Roman antiquities, a connoisseur of the  history of early Rome, and a leading expert on Roman topography.

Emidio de Albentiis (Milan, 1958) received his degree with a thesis devoted to one of the insulae in Pompeii, and has written many studies of Roman houses and of the artistic culture  of the Republican and Imperial eras. He presently teaches art history at the Academy of Fine  Arts of Perugia.

Maria Paola Guidobaldi (Colonella, 1961) received her doctorate from the University for Studies in Perugia. Besides works on history, topography and Roman antiquities meant for a popular audience, she is the author of scholarly papers on various aspects of the  Romanization of ancient Italy. On the staff of the Archeological Superintendence of Pompeii,  she is currently director of the excavations at Herculaneum.

Fabrizio Pesando (Ivrea, 1958) is Associate Professor of Classical Archeology at the University of Naples and teaches Archeology of Magna Graecia and Antiquities of Pompeii  and Herculaneum. He has specialized in the history of the private house in Greece and  Rome, the archeology of the Vesuvian cities and the historical topography of Greece and  ancient Italy. He is in charge of excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum for the Istituto  Universitario Orientale.

Antonio Varone (Angri, 1952) is the Coordinating Archeological Director for the Ministry of  Cultural Assets and Activities and since 1984 has been in charge of the scientific-cultural  service of the Archeological Superintendence of Pompeii. His many publications include one  on the excavation of the Insula of the Chaste Lovers that began in 1987, and a study of  inscriptions on walls in the area surrounding Vesuvius for a new supplement to volume IV of  the Corpus Iscriptionum Latinorum.

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