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Pompeii (Roman World) by Peter Connolly

Pompeii (Roman World)

by Peter Connolly

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Gr 6-8--Full-color photographs and illustrations and detailed sketches grace every page.... Particularly striking are the full-page cutaways of buildings. ... The accompanying text is sometimes a bit technical, and some Latin terms are not fully explained. A careful introduction illuminates not only the eruption, but also the early history of the city and the surrounding area. This is as complete and thorough a documentation of the story of Pompeii as any that can currently be found in children's collections.
added by CourtyardSchool | editSchool Library Journal, vol. 37, issue 2, page 94, David N. Pauli (Feb 1, 1991)
... Introducing the subject with brief accounts of Vesuvius’s eruption in A.D. 79 and the excavation of the remains, Connolly describes Pompeii’s public sites (forum, theater, baths)... [which] are meticulously presented and illustrated with photos as well as with attractive, precise, clearly captioned art. ...the range and wealth of information here offer an insight into the potentials of scholarship that is rare in books for young people. Index. (Nonfiction. 10+)
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From the remarkable pen of Peter Connolly comes a comprehensive look at the ancient city of Pompeii. He begins with the scientific facts: How was Pompeii destroyed? How did Mount Vesuvius become an active volcano? What happened during the eruption? How long did Pompeii lay buried and how was it finally rediscovered? What was Pompeii's history before the disaster?
Then, Peter Connolly does what he does better than anyone--he rebuilds the past in words and pictures, allowing us to imagine what it was like to live in old Pompeii. Like an archaeological detective, he sifts through the ruins and artifacts to reconstruct one area of the town in minute detail. With maps and cross-sections, photographs, drawings, and engrossing, fact-filled text, Connolly takes us into the very homes of its citizens--into the kitchens, atriums, bedrooms and out into the gardens. We learn what the furniture looked like, how the homes were lighted and heated, what kind of jewelry was popular, and what the gladiators wore. We view the varied styles of architecture and decoration, attend a grand dinner party, visit local shops, go to the theater, to a public bath, and to the gladiators' arena. We gain an understanding of this ancient civilization, and begin to see how much was lost when the city fell prey to the tons of lava and ashes that fell on it during the devastating disaster.
The story of Pompeii is one of the most terrible and fascinating in history. Connolly brings it alive for children, adding another distinguished volume to Oxford's Rebuilding the Past series.

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Describes the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. and the rediscovery and subsequent excavation of this buried city.

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