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Herculaneum and the House of the Bicentenary - History and Heritage

Sarah Court Leslie Rainer



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Getty Publications
11 February 2020
This volume provides a striking account of the life, destruction, rediscovery, and cultural significance of the Roman town of Herculaneum and its grandest residence-the House of the Bicentenary.

This volume vividly recounts, for general readers, the Roman town of Herculaneum, destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE and uniquely preserved for nearly two thousand years. Initial chapters offer an engaging historical overview of the town during antiquity, including the riveting story of its rediscovery in the eighteenth century, excavation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and broad cultural significance in modern times.

Subsequent chapters offer an interpretive tour of the ancient town, then focus on one of Herculaneum's grandest and most beautifully decorated private residences, known as the House of the Bicentenary. Located on the town's main street, it has a range of features-original rooms, magnificent wall paintings and mosaics, and remarkable documents-that illuminate daily life in the ancient world.

Final chapters bring the story up to date, including recent discoveries about the site and its famous papyrus manuscripts, as well as ongoing conservation initiatives.
By:   Sarah Court, Leslie Rainer
Imprint:   Getty Publications
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 251mm,  Width: 203mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   752g
ISBN:   9781606066287
ISBN 10:   1606066285
Series:   Getty Publications - (Yale)
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   11 February 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Court is an archaeologist at the Herculaneum Conservation Project. Leslie Rainer is a senior project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute and coauthor of Palace Sculptures of Abomey: History Told on Walls (Getty Publications, 1999).

Reviews for Herculaneum and the House of the Bicentenary - History and Heritage

A vivid and deeply interesting read. . . . It's visual, yet rich in content, and I'd recommend it to anyone with even a pinch of interest in Herculaneum or open-air heritage sites for that matter. --Jenny Mathiasson The C Word Podcast Superb. -- The Herculaneum Society This beautifully presented book by Court and Rainer illustrates the cultural value of the ancient town of Herculaneum while at the same time shining a light on the challenges and triumphs of the archaeologists and conservators who work to preserve it. --Dr. Joanne Berry, Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology, Swansea University

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