Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town

  • by Mary Beard
  • Narrated by Phyllida Nash
  • 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pompeii explodes a number of myths - among them, the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one; and the death count, which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. These are just a few of the strands that make up an extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain’s leading classicist.


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Mary Beard is of course a renowned classicist, but while you might think that would make her a reclusive, anti-charismatic genius-type, in fact she has been gifted with an incredible ability to express herself, and to entertain while educating. Her demagogic talent seems to transfer almost unpolluted to paper, and from there back to speech. The style of this book is bordering on conversational, so that you feel neither baffled nor patronised. A perfect listen for long journeys, quick revision or bed-bound, and a genuinely enjoyable one.
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- I,

A fine discovery

An excellent and well-read book. This is never dull and prompts you to consider aspects of Roman life that you are unlikley to have considered before. From the grandest of rituals to the minutiae of daily life, the text jogs along with thoughtful and cautious idea. A lifetime of expertise lies behind this, but the author wears her knowledge lightly, seeking to entertain and illuminate rather than to impress.
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- Ian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-04-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios