'The world's most controversial classicist debunks our movie-style myths about the Roman town with meticulous scholarship and propulsive energy ... scrutinising and animated in equal measure'Laura Silverman,Daily Mail
'This marvellous book won the Wolfson History Prize and is a model of subtle but accessible writing about the past'Judith Rice,Guardian'Classicist Mary Beard has had a great time rooting about that ghostly place and she has brought it quite splendidly back to life'Nicholas Bagnall,Sunday Telegraph'To the vast field of Pompeiana she brings the human touch ... this absorbing, inquisitive and affectionate account of Pompeii is a model of its kind. Beard has caught the quick of what was and, in our lives today, remains the same'Ross Leckie,The Times'Very readable and excellently researched ... Beard's clear-sighted and accessible style makes this a compelling look into history'Alexander Larman,Observer'If you want to know what really happened in the last days of the petrified city, Beard's meticulous reconstruction will fill you in, scraping away many of your preconceptions as it goes, while her evocative writing will transport you back'Guardian(Best Holiday Books)
Mary Beard is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of theTLS.Her books include the acclaimedThe Roman TriumphandThe Parthenon(in the Wonders of the World series of which she is general editor).