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Pompeii is a must-see sight for many of Campania’s tourists. Its tragic and dramatic end, coupled with the chance to explore the houses, temples, bathhouses and brothels of an ancient city, is for many too strong a lure to resist. Most guides of the city concentrate on the archaeology of the city. But this is a guide with a difference. Instead of simply considering each building in isolation, ‘Discovering Pompeii’ uses them to tell three stories from the town’s life-and death. ‘Civic Pompeii’ takes the reader through the history of the city, from its Oscan beginnings to its Roman pinnacle via its public and civic buildings while ‘A Walk down the Via dell Abbondanza’ is an exploration of the daily life of the town. Finally, ‘Pompeii’s Last Days’ explores each stage of the eruption that destroyed the town in 79AD. Detailed information about visiting the site and maps of the story routes makes ‘Discovering Pompeii ‘ the perfect guide for exploring the town-as well as learning about its history. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and illustrations.
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Natasha Sheldon studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Leicester and Bristol Universities in the UK. She was awarded the Arnold Wycombe Gomme prize for Ancient History and holds a BA honours in Ancient History and Archaeology and a MA in Ancient History and Historiography. Natasha researches and writes mainly on the subjects of ancient history and archaeology. Her specialist area is Roman history. Both of her dissertations in the field of magic and religion in the Roman Empire have been published. They are: The Origins and Meaning of Roman Witchcraft and Roman Magic and Religion in Late Antiquity. Natasha is currently involved in further research in this area. Natasha has travelled widely across Europe and the Middle East and has first-hand experience of many ancient sites - Roman and otherwise. A few examples of sites she has explored are Pompeii, Herculaneum, Rome in Italy, Leptis Magna in Libya, Jerash in Jordan and Palmyra in Syria. There are many others! Many of her journeys have been motivated by her studies but also by her love of exploration-at home and abroad. She loves to experience other cultures. Adventures to date include riding camels in the Sahara, visiting Tripoli and having tea with the Bedouin. Natasha’s articles have been published by Italianvisits.com and Travel Thru history. She is also a regular columnist for Decoded Past. She is the author of two books about her adopted hometown of Leicester: ‘Not a Guide to Leicester’ and ‘Leicester in 100 Days’, as well as four eBooks: Discovering Pompeii, Civic Pompeii, Pompeii’s Last Days and Rediscovering Richard III. Natasha's website ancienthistoryarchaeology.com includes information of her travels and links to all her history articles on the web. It is a growing resource for anyone studying or interested in ancient history and archaeology and also the home of her personal blog.
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