Herculaneum: Art of a Buried City (BOK)

Maria Paola Guidobaldi, Domenico Esposito

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A sumptuously illustrated survey of the art and architecture of this prosperous Roman town, remarkably preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 Herculaneum, located on the picturesque Bay of Naples, was buried in the same volcanic eruption as its larger neighbor, Pompeii. But while Pompeii was covered by a relatively shallow layer of loose volcanic ash, Herculaneum was submerged in deep flows of hot volcanic mud, which preserved the upper stories of buildings, as well as organic materials like wooden furnishings and foodstuffs. This oversized volume opens with an account of the city's catastrophic destruction in AD 79, and of the excavations, underway since 1738, that have brought at least a part of its treasures back to light. It then surveys the principal public buildings and private residences that have been uncovered, including the famous Villa of the Papyri, perched to the northwest of the town. The splendid decoration of these ancient structures-in particular, their wall paintings-is presented as never before, thanks to an extensive photographic campaign carried out especially for this book. With these superb illustrations complementing an authoritative text, Herculaneum is sure to be welcomed by all students and enthusiasts of archaeology.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Domenico Esposito, Maria Paola Guidobaldi
Perseus Books Group
ISBN 9780789211460
Antall sider 352 Dimensjoner 26,7cm x 32,4cm x 3,8cm
Vekt 3171 gram Andre medvirkende Luciano Pedicini
Emner og form History of architecture, Classical Greek & Roman archaeology, History of art: ancient & classical art,BCE to c 500 CE