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EROS IN POMPEII: The Secret Rooms Of The National Museum Of Naples.: Grant, Michael (Text By) & ... EROS IN POMPEII: The Secret Rooms Of The National Museum Of Naples.: Grant, Michael (Text By) & ... EROS IN POMPEII: The Secret Rooms Of The National Museum Of Naples.: Grant, Michael (Text By) & ...

EROS IN POMPEII: The Secret Rooms Of The National Museum Of Naples.

Grant, Michael (Text By) & Antonia Mulas (Photographs By) & (A Description Of The Collection By) Antonio De Simone & Maria Teresa Merella

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ISBN 10: 0688029167 / ISBN 13: 9780688029166
Published by NY. 1975. Wm. Morrow & Co., 1975
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brown gilt lettered cloth hardbound folio ~ 2º. very large ("coffee table" size book), international or priority shipping will cost extra. dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. fine cond. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of all markings. price clipped dustwrapper in fine cond. 1cm tear spine bottom. nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~ first edition. first printing ( # 1 in # line). glossy full color frontis. 171p. glossy pages throughout. approximately 160 full color glossy plates, many full page. history of the museum and the collection. bibliography. archaeology. art history. roman empire. religion. paganism. architecture. folklore. mythology. villa of the mysteries. pan. ~ The first and only book to present the most famous masterpieces of erotic art in the world. When the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried ancient Pompeii beneath a layer of volcanic ashes, it preserved a unique record of the life and customs of a city of the past. Among the treasures that came to light during the excavations of the eighteenth century were masterpieces of erotic art, which were set aside in the National Museum at Naples to form a special collection, access to which is still restricted today. The wall paintings, statues, mosaics and household objects that are contained in this collection provide a fascinating insight into the life of the average Pompeian, his religion and his basic philosophy. Living beneath the shadow of Vesuvius, the inhabitants of this doomed city were constantly aware of the proximity of life to death, and inscriptions and graffiti still to be read today express their belief that life was short and to be enjoyed to the full while it lasted. At the same time, ancient religion and sexual symbolism were closely related: Pompeii's patron deities were Venus and Dionysus, and many everyday household objects in the collection reflect the popular belief in the power of sexual symbols as a protection against evil and misfortune, and an encouragement of fertility. This book gives the background to the social and political life of Pompeii and the disaster that befell it, followed by a fully documented catalog of the major objects of the collection, which are photographed in color and presented here for the first time. A short history of the collection is also included. Bookseller Inventory # 5261501

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Title: EROS IN POMPEII: The Secret Rooms Of The ...

Publisher: NY. 1975. Wm. Morrow & Co.

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Book by Michael Grant

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Text: English, Italian (translation)

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