The historic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 may have buried Pompeii and Herculaneum under a thick carpet of volcanic ash, but it preserved what is surely our most valuable archaeological record of daily life in Ancient Rome to date. Hundreds of excavated artifacts — from bronze fountain spouts to terracotta statuettes — have uncovered the public and private rituals of men, women and children, providing a timeless and thought-provoking window into classical antiquity. Here, Paul Roberts, author of Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, compiles a visual guide and intimate examination of Roman life interrupted by the devastation of natural disaster.
Paul Roberts is the author of Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. He is head of the Roman section in the Department of Greece and Rome, and is responsible for all of the Roman collections at the British Museum.
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