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Herculaneum: Past and Future Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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I've just finished pouring over Dr. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill's most recent publication Herculaneum: Past and Future (Francis Lincoln Limited). The hardcover volume rings in at 352 pages and is brimming with information. From the first page, you can tell that this publication is a labor of love.
Those with the slightest familiarity of Roman archaeology know Dr. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill. For the past 30 years, he has worked tirelessly to make known the particulars of Roman life. From 1991 to 1995 he edited the Journal of Roman Studies, the leading journal of Roman history and culture. His noted works include Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1994) one of my core University textbooks, Suetonius (1995), and Rome's Cultural Revolution (2008). He is one of the leading experts in Roman social and cultural history and is currently serving as Master at Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge.
In this latest publication, Dr. Wallace-Hadrill writes from his own perspective, explaining the most meticulous details about life in Herculaneum in a way that any reader can grasp. Hadrill breaks down the remnants of the city section by section, highlighting the physical remains of a massive archaeological site and the interpretations that can be derived from it.Read more ›
Sadly, Herculaneum is just not as sensational as Pompeii. The city's artwork is looted, and the frescos damaged and less vibrant. There are many pictures of damaged buildings without a lot of reconstructive artwork to show how they may have appeared so a lot must be left to the imagination. The photography of this damaged wonder is well-done, but it is hard to envision what the houses and rooms looked like so often one is left looking at pictures of damaged rubble. I would've liked more artistic renderings of what the towns and shops and the people might have looked like in addition to the photos.
The writing style was a bit dry and a bit academic. In this kind of book, I want to know about the ancient people and their lives. I was particularly disappointed in the chapter on the inhabitants which could've been really good. Overall there is an distant feel to the writing which limits the readability at least for me.
This was an interesting book. I liked the photography, was lukewarm about the written parts, and felt it could've been improved by a less detached writing style and more insights into the Herculaneum's citizen's way of life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is the most outstanding look at Herculaneum you can buy. Full stop.Published 17 months ago by Charles B. Olson
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill can do no wrong. This book was absolutely incredible!Published 17 months ago by Laura Berger
If you are into ancient Rome. This book is for you. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill has some of the most beautiful photograph ever taken of Herculaneum on this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Lopez
Excellent, informative , well written and exciting. Fabulous resource written by world expert on Herculaneum. Highly recommended.Published 17 months ago by Adriana Cufre-Sadnick
I wish I had this book prior to my first trip to Herculaneum a year ago. This time I had reviewed the book over and over before returning to Herculaneum. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Snow Leopard
Great pictures!! I was there in 2008 when the preservation work was still in progress. So much was closed off. I need to go back!!! Read morePublished 19 months ago by lezroll00
I'm a history buff and made a few pilgrimages to Herculaneum and Pompeii. Loved the book and the pictures! Read morePublished on March 14, 2014 by S. Mull