List of Illustrations Foreword Introduction I The Plutocrats of Pompeii II Tunnels III Papyrus IV Dynasty, Neapolitan Style V The Moon and Crabs VI Vulcanology VII Dirty and Other Pictures VIII Running from Revolution IX Napoleon's Family Affair X A Dark and Stomy Marriage XI Rebels Among the Ruins XII Victorians in Toga XIII 'M' is for Mussolini XIV The Library at the End of the Tunnel Epilogue: Lost Again Notes Select Bibliography Picture Credits Index
The rediscovery of the Roman cities overwhelmed by the rage of Vesuvius is one of history's most extraordinary adventure stories. Pompeii Awakened revels in that adventure, and tells of the re-emergence of a long-vanished cosmopolis which profoundly inspired a later age - from its arts and architecture to its science, sex and religion.
Judith Harris has for 25 years conducted a weekly radio broadcast on Italian culture - especially archaeology - for the Italian national network, RAI. She has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and The New Republic.
'A thrilling story. Judith Harris has done it full justice.' John Julius Norwich 'An entertaining account' Mary Beard, Times Literary Supplement 'Skilfully interweaves the story of the town's evacuation with the development of archaeology and insights into life in Roman times...The tale emerges from the pages as vibrantly as Pompeii does from the shroud of time.' Alex Butterworth BBC History Extra