Herculaneum: Past and Future
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Herculaneum: Past and Future

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"One could hardly ask for a clearer, more comprehensive, and better illustrated guide to Herculaneum."Publishers Weekly

Winner of the Felicia A Holton Book Award 2013, from the Archaeological Institute of America

On 24 August A.D. 79, the volcano Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under ash and rock and leaving them remarkably well preserved f...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Frances Lincoln
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Zachary Taylor
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill offers a colorful portrait of what may be perhaps the ancient world's most fascinating city that remains more or less intact to this day. The photographs add yet another dimension to an already captivating narrative, and make the reader feel as if she or he is exploring Herculaneum in person. Nonetheless, at times one feels somewhat lost in Wallace-Hadrill's detailed explanation of objects and locations in Herculaneum's many houses. Fortunately, the pictures and diagrams h...more
The gorgeous photographs in this book alone are worth the time to read it, but the book also contains new, very interesting information about life in ancient Rome. Unlike Pompeii, Herculaneum's ruins portray a smaller, more pastoral picture of life in the ancient Roman Empire. Pompeii attracts millions of visitors a year, in large part due to its reputation as a once rowdy town with many brothels and a great deal of erotic graffiti. Herculaneum, on the other hand, gives a more intimate (and prob...more
Birgitta Hoffmann
There aren't that many books in English on Herculaneum, and most of those are rewrites of Maiuri's research in the 1960s. Wallace-Hadrill's book is therefore, a nice addition to the bookshelf either way.
However, this book is extremely lavishly illustrated making it the perfect coffee table book.
The real asset is, however, the text, which offers a much needed update on the state of play in Herculaneum, incl. the work of the Herculaneum Conservation Project in the last few years.
It is a real ple...more
So wonderful to see something in print about Herculaneum. And great photos too. A good read - enough only to whet the appetite though... Such an extraordinary site. This book is authored by the lead archaeologist of the Herculaneum Conservation Project.
Tim Baldini
Not just a coffee table book! Wallace-Hadrill's breezy and engaging style makes this a pleasure to read. Up to date and fascinating.

The photography is amazing too.
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