Pompeii's Living Statues (Hardback)
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Pompeii's Living Statues (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 30/06/2010
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In AD 79, Mt. Vesuvius inundated Pompeii with a combination of gases, pumice, and rocks, killing thousands of people and animals and burying them in ash and mud. During excavations of the town in 1863, Giuseppe Fiorelli, the director of the dig, poured plaster into a cavity under the soil revealed by a workman's pick. When the plaster set and the mound was uncovered, all were amazed to see the secret that the ground had held for 1,800 years: a detailed cast of an ancient Pompeian, frozen in the instant of dying and complete in every respect, right down to clothes and jewellery.

Eugene Dwyer examines these casts and related records, the originals of a number of which were destroyed in World War II. The author also discusses Pompeii and its artefacts in the context of Italian unification and party politics, the development of modern excavation methods, and the challenges of maintaining a large archaeological site. Dwyer's clear organisation and writing style, combined with a collection of photographs and engravings, make for a fascinating exploration.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472117277
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 152 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Pompeii's Vesuvius victims--as well as the fields of museum studies and archaeology, along with more recent Italian politics--come to life here through plaster casts of those who lost their lives in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E. Dwyer (art history, Kenyon Coll.) invites the reader to experience the 1861 unification of Italy and what it meant for those working on Pompeian artifacts. While keeping the focus on the statues themselves, formed by pouring plaster into cavities where ancient Pompeians lay amid hardened ash, Dwyer adds information about the era of the eruption, comparative analyses from colleagues in the field, and archaeological and political context to create a holistic scope for deeper understanding of the lives of the victims of Pompeii and the people who brought them back to life. Dwyer thus expands the scope of the lessons from the Pompeii Museum and of general museum studies. VERDICT Scholars and armchair travelers alike will be fascinated by this distinctive book."
--Library Journal


"Written in a lively style with all foreign language texts translated, the book will appeal to readers at all levels."
--Choice (Highly Recommended)

--R. I. Curtis"Choice" (03/01/2011)

"Dwyer's scholarship is sound, his writing engaging."
--John R. Clarke, University of Texas at Austin, American Journal of Archaeology

-- (01/01/2012)

"This delightful volume is a welcome contribution to understanding what made Fiorelli and his methods so important, and to show how intimately archaeological method is linked to political and ideological change."
--A. Wallace-Hadrill, Journal of Roman Archaeology

-- (11/27/2012)
"Written in a lively style with all foreign language texts translated, the book will appeal to readers at all levels."---Choice (Highly Recommended)
"Dwyer's scholarship is sound, his writing engaging."
-- John R. Clarke, University of Texas at Austin, American Journal of Archaeology

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