The Insula of the Menander at Pompeii: Volume II: The Decorations Volume II: The Decorations

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This volume is the second in a series of five on the Insula (city block) of the Menander at Pompeii. The first (on the structures) and the fourth (on the silver treasure) have already been published; the third (on the objects) and the fifth (on the graffiti) are in preparation. The Insula of the Menander, approximately 3500 sq. m. in area, derives its name from the House of the Menander, one of the best-known dwellings of the ancient city. This was evidently the property of one of Pompeii's leading citizens. Renowned for its architectural grandeur and for the hoard of 110 pieces of silver plate found in a cellar, it also yielded room upon room of splendid wall-paintings and mosaic pavements, ranging in date from the first century BC to the eve of the eruption of AD 79. In addition to this dominant house, the block contains several smaller houses--notably the House of the Lovers and the House of the Craftsman--most of which contain further paintings and pavements of interest. The present volume publishes these decorations in full for the first time. Its importance lies in the fact that it covers the whole block, rather than concentrating upon isolated houses (as most previous volumes have done). This enables the reader not only to look at questions of chronology and iconography room by room and house by house, but also to observe broad patterns of taste and social differentiation within a particular neighborhood of Pompeii.

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Roger Ling is Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in the University of Manchester. Lesley Ling is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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`Review from previous edition [Volume I] This book is the beginning of a magnificent publishing project. Without levels of protection and restriction so far unimagined at Pompeii, future scholars may come to value it even more than should we.
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Peter Stothard, The Times

`[Volume I) Ling has given us a vivid picture of the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of life within a Pompeian insula, and of the 'inequalities of wealth and power in Pompeian society' ... This is a major contribution to Pompeian studies, and the succeeding volumes can only be eagerly
awaited.
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A. J. Brothers, The Classical Review

`[Volume I] The authors are to be congratulated for producing a first volume that will amply serve the specialist need, while offering a rich source of interest for all who care to dip into it. This is high-quality research at its most accessible.'
Barry Cunliffe, TLS

`[Volume IV] Painter's work is necessary, important and enlightening ... the book is a model of its kind. As well as dealing specifically with one find, it brings together in quite a small compass a summary of the recent advances in our
knowledge of Roman silver tableware.'
Journal of the British Archaeological Association

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