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Pompeii – The Life of a Roman Town

Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town

Pompeii – The Life of a Roman Town Book Review: 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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