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Pompeii Awakened: A Story of Rediscovery

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On that fateful day in AD 79 the city of Pompeii was lost, and in time its location, its inhabitants and even its name were buried and forgotten. Not until 1748 did it emerge from its layer of volcanic rock, and the impact of that discovery was immediate and far-reaching. The evocative story of Pompeii's awakening lies not just in its uniquely preserved classical remains b ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2007)
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mary jane  cryan
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Judith Harris knows her subjects very, very well for she has been writing about Italian archaeology and politics, on site from Rome, for four decades. When we first met in 1979 (she interviewed me for her international RAI radio program) we both agreed that next to teaching history in Rome, writing about archaeology in Italy was one of the most interesting positions possible. There was never a dearth of material since every day it seemed some new discovery was being made or a new site unearthed ...more
Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
History not of the eruption and destruction, but the afterlife of the site as archeology (horrific 19th century archeology--can't read the words on a charred scroll? Soak it in mercury!), looting spree (can't get the whole statue out? Just cut off the head!), tourist trap for Grand Tour brats (get some art, and syphilis!), nationalistic narrative for Napoleon, the Pope, the Risorgimento and Mussolini, source material for melodramatic Victorian art, and bad example of disaster planning for the cu ...more
Reva
Nice review of excavations and progress at Pompeii and other sites around Vesuvius, notable for its final section on work currently being done at a site north of Pompeii covered not by the eruption of 79 but by a later eruption, a site with a building vast enough to be at least be suggested to have belonged to Hadrian, I believe. She also covers the years between 80 and the 1400's very well. Easy read on an academic subject.
SueGoCo
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Clear writing, page-turner, accessible history, really brought Pompeii alive for me before my trip there. This book was educational and very satisfying.
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Rome-based writer and lecturer, Judith Harris was born in Bay Village, Ohio, and attended Northwestern University, from which she was graduated with honors in English in 1961. Further studies were of fine arts at the Cleveland Art Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, and of French literature at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
After working three years as a reporter for the Cleveland Press, she en
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