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Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today

Shelley Hales and Joanna Paul


The city of Pompeii has had an enormous impact on Western imaginations since its rediscovery under the ashes of the volcano that destroyed it in 79 CE. In the 250 years since excavations began, Pompeii has helped to bring the ancient world to life for everyone, from music hall audiences to gentleman scholars, and it continues to have an impact on the way in which we think about the past, and the human condition itself. The chapters here investigate how Pompeii has been used in film, fiction, and art on both sides of the Atlantic over three centuries. They explore the many different ways in whi ... More

Keywords: Pompeii, volcano, film, fiction, art, human suffering, romantic ruin, cultural inspiration, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199569366
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199569366.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shelley Hales, editor
Senior Lecturer in Art & Visual Culture, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Bristol

Joanna Paul, editor
Postgate Early Career Fellow in Classics, School of Archaeology, Classics & Egyptology, University of Liverpool

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1 Introduction

Shelley Hales and Joanna Paul

3 Ruined Waking Thoughts

Constanze Baum

4 Making History

Victoria C. Gardner Coates

5 Site, Sight, and Symbol

Barbara Witucki

7 Objects of Affection

Meilee D. Bridges

11 Cities of the Dead

Shelley Hales

18 The Getty Villa

Kenneth Lapatin

20 The Censorship Myth and the Secret Museum

Kate Fisher and Rebecca Langlands1

22 Writing Pompeii

Shelley Hales, and Joanna Paul

24 Pompeii and the Cambridge Latin Course

Shelley Hales, and Joanna Paul

25 Ruins and Forgetfulness

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

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