Author: Paul Wilkinson
Release Date: 2017-08-30
The resonant ruins of Pompeii are perhaps the most direct route back to the living, breathing world of the ancient Romans. Two million visitors annually now walk the paved streets which re-emerged, miraculously preserved, from their layers of volcanic ash. Yet for all the fame and unique importance of the site, there is a surprising lack of a handy archaeological guide in English to reveal and explain its public spaces and private residences. This compact and user-friendly handbook, written by an expert in the field, helpfully fills that gap. Illustrated throughout with maps, plans, diagrams and other images, Pompeii: An Archaeological Guide offers a general introduction to the doomed city followed by an authoritative summary and survey of the buildings, artefacts and paintings themselves. The result is an unrivalled picture, derived from an intimate knowledge of Roman archaeology around the Bay of Naples, of the forum, temples, brothels, bath-houses, bakeries, gymnasia, amphitheatre, necropolis and other site buildings – including perennial favourites like the House of the Faun, named after its celebrated dancing satyr.
Author: Rebekah Lee
Release Date: 2009-12-04
Genre: Social Science
A key mechanism of apartheid in South Africa was the set of restrictions placed on the movements of Africans, rules aimed to control and direct the African labour force to meet growing demands of capital and industry. In Cape Town, historically the ‘home’ of a majority Coloured population, the influx of Africans seeking a livelihood met with concerted and coercive resistance, and by the 1970s the city claimed that it had ‘successfully’ checked the flow of Africans while sustaining an adequate supply of migrant labour. In particular, African women were subject to lives of daily surveillance and restricted movement as their entry and residence were rigidly controlled and monitored through the pass system - the most dominant and intrusive aspect of state authority. How did African women experience and negotiate apartheid and how did they create a sense of belonging in a city that actively denied and resisted their presence? Here Lee presents a compelling social history of African women through an examination of the complex process and consequences of settlement in Cape Town during the apartheid (1948-94) and post-apartheid years. Life histories of three generations of African women offer windows into women’s attempts to locate ‘home’ in this urban setting, the character of their social and kinship networks, and the ways notions of ‘place’ and belonging were reworked. These are woven together with a wealth of evidence on household livelihood strategies, the history of home improvements and of fuel use, participation in the ‘hallowed’ organizations of township life such as the Christian mothers’ group and the burial society, and women’s views on mobility, modernity and identity. Taken together, African women’s strategies of settlement over five decades provide a fascinating portrait of adaptation, resilience and change, and new insight into the vulnerability of the daughter-mother relationship in urban South Africa. Drawing together scholarship and new methodologies from anthropology, history, human geography and development studies, ‘African Women and Apartheid’ presents a complex and intimate account of gendered struggles and social and personal transformation. It contributes to a deeper and more nuanced history of African women and of urbanisation in South Africa. It will be valuable to anyone with interests in South African culture and society, gender, urbanisation, the African family, oral history and memory.
A comprehensive visual survey of the ancient city draws on cutting-edge architectural research to reconstruct the latest beliefs about Pompeii's history, discussing such topics as the lives and deaths of its citizens, its political and religious structures, and its destruction by the eruption of AD 79.
Author: Filippo Coarelli
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2014-05-10
Genre: Social Science
This superb guide brings the work of Filippo Coarelli, one of the most widely published and well-known scholars of Roman topography, archeology and art, to a broad English-language audience. Conveniently organized by walking tours and illustrated throughout with clear maps, drawings, and plans, Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide covers all of the major, and an unparalleled number of minor, ancient sites in the city, and, unlike most other guides of Rome, includes major and many minor sites within easy reach of the city, such as Ostia Antica, Palestrina, Tivoli, and the many areas of interest along the ancient Roman roads. An essential resource for tourists interested in a deeper understanding of Rome's classical remains, it is also the ideal book for students and scholars approaching the ancient history of one of the world's most fascinating cities. • Covers all the major sites including the Capitoline, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora, the Palatine Hill, the Valley of the Colosseum, the Esquiline, the Caelian, the Quirinal, and the Campus Martius. • Discusses important clusters of sites-one on the area surrounding Circus Maximus and the other in the vicinity of the Trastevere, including the Aventine and the Vatican. • Covers the history and development of the city walls and aqueducts. • Follows major highways leading outside of the city to important and fascinating sites in the periphery of Rome. • Features 189 maps, drawings, and diagrams, and an appendix on building materials and techniques. • Includes an updated and expanded bibliography for students and scholars of Ancient Rome.
Author: Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 1994
As Wallace-Hadrill remarks in his preface, `according to the recommendations of the teachers of oratory, the house should serve as a storehouse of memories'. By examining the archaeological evidence from over two hundred houses in Pompeii and Herculaneum, Roman texts, and comparative material from other cultures he tries to unlock these memories, asking such questions as how organisation of space and the use of decoration helped structure social relationships, how the world of work related to that of pleasure, and how widely did the luxuries of the rich spread among the houses of craftsmen and shopkeepers.
Author: Amanda Claridge
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2010
The ultimate guide to all the important archaeological sites in the city of Rome from the period 800 BC to AD 600, with over 200 site maps, plans, and photographs, covering everything from the Colosseum to the Catacombs and including an introduction that offers essential background to the culture and history of ancient Rome, information about museums and opening times, a chronology for reference, and comprehensive glossaries of essential terms. For this newedition the original text has been extensively revised, adding over 20 more sites and illustrations, the itineraries have been re-organized and expanded to suit the many changes that have taken place in thepast decade, and the practical information and references have been fully updated.
Author: Eric E. Poehler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2017-09-12
The Traffic Systems of Pompeii is the first sustained examination of the development of road infrastructure in Pompeii--from the archaic age to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE--and its implications for urbanism in the Roman empire. Eric E. Poehler, an authority on Pompeii's uniquely preserved urban structure, distills over five hundred instances of street-level "wear and tear" to reveal for the first time the rules of the ancient road. From his analysis of curbstones, cobbled surfaces, and ruts emerge the intricacies of the Pompeian traffic system and the changes to its operation over time. Though archaeological expertise forms the backbone of this book, its findings have equally important historical and architectural implications. Later chapters probe the impact of design and infrastructure on social roles and hierarchies among property owners in Pompeii, illuminating the economic forces that push and pull upon the shape of urban space. The final chapters set the road system into its broader context as one major infrastructural and administrative artifact of the Roman empire's deeply urban culture. Where does Pompeii's system fit within the history of Roman traffic control? Is it unique for its innovation, or only for the preservation that permitted its discovery? Poehler marshals evidence from across the Roman world to examine these questions. His measured and thoroughly researched answers make this study a critical step forward in our understanding of infrastructure in the ancient world.
Author: Ingrid D. Rowland
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Release Date: 2014-03-24
The calamity that proved lethal for Pompeii inhabitants preserved the city for centuries, leaving behind a snapshot of Roman daily life that has captured the imagination of generations, including Renoir, Freud, Hirohito, Mozart, Dickens, Twain, Rossellini, and Ingrid Bergman. Interwoven is the thread of Ingrid Rowland's own impressions of Pompeii.
Author: Alfonso De Franciscis
Publisher: Getty Trust Publication
Release Date: 1995
A look at this fabled city--buried beneath a rain of ash and cinder during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79--includes the Porta Marina, one of the best preserved gates to the city, as well as the Forum, Temple of Apollo, and several public walkways and private villas.