Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum Third Edition
Providing students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to investigate, reconstruct and conserve the past, Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum Third Edition has been revised and updated to provide even greater support for the core topic of the NSW Year 12 Ancient History syllabus.
Beginning with the eruption of Vesuvius and the devastation it caused, Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum Third Edition examines the history of excavations, the physical landscape, and the nature of available sources and evidence. It also comprehensively explores the social life, economy, politics, religion, architecture and entertainment in the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the influence of Greece and Hellenistic culture.
- A wide range of thought provoking primary and secondary sources encourage you to understand, analyse and interpret historical data as you develop the skills required to think like a historian.
- Analysis questions based on these sources and a range of other activities develop your historical thinking and writing skills.
- Current information on the methods, interpretations and ethical issues of modern archaeology ensure you are engaging with the most current material available.
- Chapter summaries encourage you to consolidate and reflect on your learning.
- HSC source-based exam-style practice questions help you prepare for assessment tasks and your final examination.
- The Interactive Textbook brings the study of Ancient History to life with rich digital content, and includes additional, digital-only elective topics.
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Preliminary pages [PDF 1.2Mb]
Chapter 1: The physical environment of Campania [PDF 4.4Mb]
Chapter 2: The eruptions of Mount Vesuvius 79 AD [PDF 3.1Mb]
Chapter 3: Early discoveries and the nature of 19th- and 20th-century excavations [PDF 2.8Mb]
Chapter 4: Representations of Pompeii and Herculaneum over time [PDF 2.7Mb]
Chapter 5: The nature and range of sources
Chapter 6: Cities and their population [PDF 4.9Mb]
Chapter 7: Commercial and political life [PDF 3.5Mb]
Chapter 8: Houses, villas and domestic life [PDF 7Mb]
Chapter 9: Leisure and entertainment [PDF 3.5Mb]
Chapter 10: Religion and death [PDF 2.8Mb]
Chapter 11: The influence of Greek and Hellenistic cultures [PDF 4.1Mb]
Chapter 12: Changing archaeological methods and interpretations [PDF 3.1Mb]
Chapter 13: A model of conservation-based archaeology at Herculaneum [PDF 3.1Mb]
Chapter 14: A dying site and the Great Pompeii Project [PDF 3.4Mb]
Chapter 15: Issues of mass tourism and display of human remains [PDF 2.7Mb]
Glossary and Index [PDF 0.4Mb]
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- The Temple of the Genius of Augustus, sometimes referred to as the Temple of Vespasian, has a brick facade which was once covered in marble. A marble altar, in the centre of the courtyard, features a priest and executioner about to carry out a ritual sacrifice of a bull. See Figure 11.4.
- Another private building in the forum linked to the cult of the imperial family was the Edifice of Eumachia, sponsored by the priestess of the same name to celebrate the Julian clan to which Augustus belonged.
- One block from the forum, a temple erected by the duumvir Marcus Tullius at his own expense and on his own land – perhaps to repay an imperial favour – linked Augustus with the goddess Fortuna. It contained a statue to Fortuna Augusta and statues of the imperial family. This building reveals the link between religion and politics.
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