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Herculaneum: Past and Future [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
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1. Mai 2011
"One could hardly ask for a clearer, more comprehensive, and better illustrated guide to Herculaneum."Publishers Weekly

Winner of the Felicia A Holton Book Award 2013, from the Archaeological Institute of America

On 24 August A.D. 79, the volcano Vesuvius erupted, burying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under ash and rock and leaving them remarkably well preserved for centuries. While Pompeii has been extensively written about and popularized, the remains of its sister city, a smaller yet wealthier community close to the sea, are less widely known. This significant addition to the few available books focusing on Herculaneum is the first major study of the spectacular archaeological findings there since Joseph Jay Deiss' book, published in 1966 and last revised in 1993. It is based on the latest excavation work and incorporates much new material that has revolutionized our understanding of the site. Illustrated with 300 recent color photographs, it is the definitive overview for the general public of what we know and understand about Herculaneum, of what is still unknown and mysterious, and of the potential for future discoveries in both archaeological and political contexts.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Frances Lincoln (1. Mai 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0711231427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711231429
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 31,5 x 25,8 x 3,4 cm
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Will remain the essential reference point for the study of Herculaneum for the forseeable future. Burlington magazine It would be hard to imagine a more informative study of Herculaneum. TLS 'this is a fantastic book ... the photograph is spectacular. Author Andrew Wallace-Hadrill has copious credentials to make him an authority on this subject making it pretty hard to beat in this area.' 'A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated account of what we know and understand about Herculaneum' Sunday Telegraph "shows how important this Roman town is to our understanding of everyday Roman life' Good Book Guide 'beautifully illustrates the history of the excavations and vividly brings to life the stories of the slaves and the elite.' -- Sarah Lancashire Daily Express

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ANDREW WALLACE-HADRILL, OBE, was the Director of the British School at Rome and is now Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He is Director for the Packard Humanities Institute of its Herculaneum Conservation Project. His books include Suetonius: The Scholar and his Caesars (1985), Augustan Rome (1993), Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1994) and Rome's Cultural Revolution (2008).

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I read this book over eastern and it is one of the most fascinating and thrilling books I have read in the last years about Herculaneum. I saw almost all recent exhibitions (Berlin, Paris, Halle,...) but none could so lively describe the events aswell as the new scientific research. This is a hit! Written by someone who not only knows but also can write about it in a very clear language!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An accomplishment of historic proportion 15. Mai 2011
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Herculaneum: The forgotten city. Covered by the fallout from Mount Vesuvius in 79CE, it is a virtual treasure trove of information. Amongst its many features are six story buildings nearly two millennium old and still standing, fifty-meter long sections of sewer wholly preserved, loaves of bread petrified by pyroclastic flow, skeletons, tile mosaics artwork, history and culture. Herculaneum has always lived in the shadows of Pompeii. Until now.

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. The book contains some absolutely stunning content. Panoramic foldout pictures give the reader a sense of scale. Computer illustrations recreate the crumbling facades of ruined buildings. A map of the entire Herculaneum site makes referencing locations a breeze. The book does a brilliant job of presenting scientific information without forcing the reader in to a sea of boring statistics and sordid terminology. Wallace-Hadrill's writing style, as always, is down to earth while maintaining its clarity, coherence and scientific aptitude.

Herculaneum: Past and Future compares to only a small handful of others I've encountered over the years. Herculaneum is more than a college text book. It is miles above a coffee table digest. It's research. It's data. It's a guide book. Both students and enthusiasts of Roman archaeology, history, and culture will find this book a fascinating and essential volume.

Dr. Wallace-Hadrill's volume hits the mark. It is an outstanding accomplishment and a beautiful summary of the work of a number of dedicated researchers over the course many, many years. I applaud the author for his thoroughness and his ability to turn scientific data and years of research into an enjoyable and beautifully crafted read. There is no doubt in my mind that this book will be the go-to text on Herculaneum, its society and culture, for a number of years.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must-have book for anyone interested in ancient Rome. 14. September 2011
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During an all too brief 2.5 hour self-guided audio tour of Herculaneum this summer, towards the end I felt I was just rushing through the remaining buildings taking photos and just glancing at the frescoes, mosaics, and architecture before I had to get back to the tour bus. I was telling myself that I would find a book on Herculaneum back home and leisurely study it. After getting every book in my library system mentioning Herculaneum, I was disappointed in the little information, photos, and diagrams available, until I saw this book. One glance at the all-color photographs, and I felt like I was there again! The 11x37" foldout panoramic photographs of the site and buildings give the feel of standing there slowly turning around trying to take it all in, only now I can return again and again in my mind. The 23x27" foldout color-coded site map makes it easy to find the location being discussed in the quite readable text to any layperson interested in history. I especially appreciated that photographs of the location being discussed would be on the same or next page (unlike many books where I am flipping pages trying to find the matching photos). Buy this book now before it goes out of print, or you will regret not having your own copy in the future!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent, a triumph! What a beautiful book! 24. Juni 2011
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This book is amazing. The photographs are beautiful and the text is fascinating. Finally, we have a new book on Herculaneum by the top expert. We've seen him in "Secrets of the Dead" on the cities of Vesuvius on PBS and now here is his book. It's a huge volume and the price is really low for something of this size and scope. We can thank the foundation that sponsored it. I could not get enough of this book and have read it over and over again. If you love Herculaneum this book is for you. It's easy to read and well written. I only have one beef - I did not care for the panoramic pictures that fold out. These panoramic pictures distort reality and they don't do a good job in picturing the ruins. Maybe it was the lens they used. They're hard to open up as well. One panoramic would have been enough.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good, but writing a bit dry 27. April 2011
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I picked up this book after the review in Archeology Magazine. I have long been interested in Pompeii, Herculaneum's sister city, and having pretty much exhausted literature on that famous city, I was interested in the story of Herculaneum. First, let me say this is a very meaty tome. 350 pages of great pictures and interesting insight into the city. The photography is quite stunning. There are quite a few fold out pictures with panoramic photos of the city, particularly the seafront.

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.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A New Look at an Ancient Treasure 6. Dezember 2011
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The gorgeous photographs in this book alone are worth the time to read it, but the book also contains new, very interesting information about life in ancient Rome. Unlike Pompeii, Herculaneum's ruins portray a smaller, more pastoral picture of life in the ancient Roman Empire. Pompeii attracts millions of visitors a year, in large part due to its reputation as a once rowdy town with many brothels and a great deal of erotic graffiti. Herculaneum, on the other hand, gives a more intimate (and probably more accurate) picture of how average Romans lived - it is a window into the distant past and allows us to see how the rich, middle class, poor, and slaves lived (and died). I've always wanted to see Pompeii, but now I am also excited to see Herculaneum. I just hope the conservation efforts continue and are successful before more of this ancient treasure is lost.
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