Roman Pompeii: Space and Society (Paperback)
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Short Description for Roman Pompeii A look at the archaeological and literary evidence relating to Pompeii from the viewpoint of social scientist, architect and geographer which enhances our understanding of the Roman world.
- Published: 05 December 1996
- Format: Paperback 176 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415141031 ISBN 10: 0415141036
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Pompeii, destroyed in AD 79, provides exceptional archaeological data for study. Roman Pompeii examines the archaeological evidence in the light of recent work by archaeologists and historians. Throughout the book there is a tension as the two subjects, archaeology and history, inform and challenge each other. Innovative techniques derived from the disciplines of geography, architecture and the social sciences are also used. Throughout, Dr Laurence considers Pompeii as a city rather than as a series of archaeological fragments, emphasizing the relationship between social action and urban space. Dr Laurence gives a full account of the development of public buildings. He brings the city to life by locating individual neighbourhoods, places of work and areas where leisure activities took place. This book emphasizes that Pompeii was a social product of Roman society and attempts to account for its development. Roman Pompeii places the city in its wider context and the evidence it provides is used to enhance our understanding of classical cities in general and of the workings of the ancient economy. Roman Pompeii has been written for both scholars and students in the fields of archaeology and ancient history. It will also be of interest to students of architecture and to anyone who has visited Pompeii.