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Herculaneum by Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
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Mar 14, 14

bookshelves: ancient_rome

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 probably more accurate) picture of how average Romans lived - it is a window into the distant past and allows us to see how the rich, middle class, poor, and slaves lived (and died). I've always wanted to see Pompeii, but now I am also excited to see Herculaneum. I just hope the conservation efforts continue and are successful before more of this ancient treasure is lost.

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