Destroyed by Vesuvius in 79 CE, the ruins of Pompeii offer the best evidence we have of life in the Roman Empire. In "The Fires of Vesuvius", acclaimed historian Mary Beard paints the big picture while also taking readers close enough to the past to smell the bad breath and see the intestinal tapeworms of the lost city's inhabitants. She resurrects the Temple of Isis as a testament to ancient multiculturalism and at the Suburban Baths she chronicles the move from communal bathing to hygiene to erotica.
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Publisher: Harvard University Press