Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard

“Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard

Another incredible book by Mary Beard. I really appreciate her concise writing, with witty commentary. She is not a stuffy, boring history writer. She delves into the everyday topics of how the people in Pompeii lived. She talks about food, sex, death, architecture, roads, public baths, religion, and more. It seems I’m bingeing on books about the Roman empire lately. I recently finished Mary Beard’s book, SPQR as well.

She has beautiful color photographs and lots of other black and white illustrations. This allows her to show you what she’s discussing.

For those who might find themselves actually visiting the ruins of Pompeii, the last chapter are suggestions of routes to see and how to best appreciate the city.

As with all her books, she also has an excellent Further Reading section where she explains where to find more information of the topics she discusses in the book.

I can feel her passion for Rome when I read her books. She likes to poke holes in other theories by other academics that have little empirical basis behind them. She does this in a funny, and playful manner. I always laugh out loud at some of her wit while I read her books. She finds a way to make the past relevant to the reader. I really appreciate her. Thank you Mary Beard.

I have only read three of her books Women & Power, SPQR, and Pompeii but she is quickly becoming one of my favorite history writers.

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #43 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #Books #BookReview #MaryBeard #Rome #Pompeii #history “,

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