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Pompeii (The Roman World) Paperback – October 6, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: The Roman World
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 6, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199171580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199171583
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8-- Full-color photographs and illustrations and detailed sketches grace every page of this entry in an already crowded field of books on the subject. Detailed drawings of houses, shops, and public buildings such as baths, theatres, and temples in their original conditions help readers understand the day to day workings of a Roman town in the first century a.d. Particularly striking are the full-page cutaways of buildings. Each subject is addressed in a two-page layout. Such prosaic details as sewage systems and laundering techniques are given as much attention as gladiator games and drama. 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. --David N. Pauli, Missoula Public Library, MT
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The range and wealth of information here offer an insight into the potential of scholarship that is rare in books for young people."--Kirkus Reviews


"Full-color photographs and illustrations and detailed sketches grace every page.... Particularly striking are the full-page cutaways of buildings.... This is as complete and thorough a documentation of the story of Pompeii as any that can be currently found in children's collections."--School Library Journal


"Superb illustrations, combined with a sparse text that packs an enormous amount of scholarly information, presented in a way that is understandable and accessible... For the YA reader interested in what has actually been discovered there, and how those discoveries illustrate the daily life of Romans, this book is probably the best place to begin."--Kliatt


"The carefully researched text is effectively extended by the many maps, drawings, and photographs in this book. Like the other books in Oxford's Rebuilding the Past series, Pompeii is an excellent resource."--The Reading Teacher



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A wonderful insight of daily life in ancient Pompeii.
Vivian Kauffman
After a recent visit and tour of Pompeii, I found this book filled in and amplified what we learned on our tour.
J. Boreen
The detail is fascinating and easy to understand; and the drawings are in great detail.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By joanart@lucent.com on March 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Being an (adult)artist, I have found that children's books are far more informative when you're looking for new info. I've been reading alot about Pompeii and Herculaneum for a year, and Peter Connelly's book lit the fire. I have since purchased all of his other books when I can find them. The detail is fascinating and easy to understand; and the drawings are in great detail.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Happy mom on October 29, 2007
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I own a lot of books on the subject and a lot of them are mainly text with a few pictures of actual objects here and there, so when I decided to build a miniature scale of an ancient roman home I knew I needed more visuals and especially reconstruction images. This book is perfect for that. It has basic descriptions on what, where and how for people looking to understand the basics on ancient roman life and lots of great drawings to illustrate the different sections.

I recommend this book for children and adults alike since it is well organized, easy to understand and the visuals will help anyone get interested in the subject or add to an already knowledgeable audience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Boreen on July 6, 2009
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Excellent narrative with ample drawings of city life in this historic first century Roman city. After a recent visit and tour of Pompeii, I found this book filled in and amplified what we learned on our tour. Would recommend this book not only for the historical information but for the drawings of a typical Roman home, forum, marketplace, bath, amphitheater, restaurants, streets, and much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gpat65 VINE VOICE on May 13, 2014
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Love this book. This book really gives you an idea of everyday life in Pompeii. Great illustrations and tons of information. I am fascinated by this period of history and this book gave me great insight into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee on April 24, 2014
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Went to the Pompeii exhibit at the Franklin Museum and much of what is in the book was in the exhibit. Very Exciting!
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