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Pompeii: The Day a City Died (Abrams Discoveries)

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In an illustrated survey of one of the most fascinating archeological discoveries in history, an expert on Pompeii uses photographs, maps, reconstructed city plans, mosaics, and drawings to provide a vivid portrait of life in this Roman city. Original.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published March 30th 1992 by Harry N. Abrams (first published June 15th 1987)
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Jul 27, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
good information, lots of pictures. Having been to Pompeii before reading this book, I definitely learned more than what I had heard on my tour, though some of it was repeat information. I imagine the later editions of the book are more helpful.
Spencer Schankel
May 07, 2011 Spencer Schankel rated it liked it
“Pompeii, The day a City Died”, a history by Robert Etienne. A lavishly illustrated reconstruction of what Pompeii must have looked like in the days before that fateful eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Matt Holmes
Jun 01, 2016 Matt Holmes rated it it was ok
Lots of pictures, and a good chunk on life in Pompeii and ancient Rome in general. The rest of it was architecture and archaeological inventory lists. A must-read for enthusiasts of floor plans of destroyed buildings that've been buried in ash for 1900 years
I have finally got through the useful and informative documentation at the back. I learned things from this about the earliest times of the settlement.
Oct 17, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it
Mixed bag with lots of pictures, and sidebars making it a bit of an effort to follow the narrative. I enjoyed the excerpts from Mark Twain, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
Mike Jensen
Aug 16, 2014 Mike Jensen rated it liked it
A well-done introduction to Pompeii marred by illustrations that are too small.
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Sep 05, 2014 J.C. Gary rated it it was amazing
I love this little book. Beautiful photographs and concise descriptions. Very interesting.
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