The discussions of domestic art in this book, a perennial topic for Pompeian scholars, engage previously neglected subjects such as wall ornaments in domestic decoration, the sculpture collection in the house of Octavius Quartio, and the role of the covered walkways in luxury villa architecture. The famous cupid's frieze from the house of the Vettii is given a novel and intelligent reinterpretation. The place of industry at Pompeii, in both the physical and economic landscapes has long been overlooked. The chapters on building practice in inhabited houses, on the presence of fulling workshops in atrium houses, and on the urban pottery industry serve as successful contributions to a more complete understanding of the life of the ancient city. Finally, this volume breaks new ground in the consideration of the urban infrastructure of Pompeii, a topic that has won serious attention only in the last decades, but one that is playing an increasingly central role in Pompeian studies. The final three chapters offer a reassessment of the Pompeian street network, a scientific analysis of the amount of lead in Pompeian drinking water, and a thorough analysis of the water infrastructure around the forum that supported its architectural transformation in the last decades before the eruption of mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
Table of Contents
Beyond Painting in Pompeii’s Houses: Wall Ornaments and their Patrons (Jessica Powers)
The Sculpture of the Casa di Octavius Quartio at Pompeii (Francesca Tronchin)
Porticus and Cryptoporticus in Luxury Villa Architecture (Mantha Zarmakoupi)
Playful Workers. The Cupid Frieze in the Casa dei Vettii (Francesco de Angelis)
Disruption or Continuity? The Spatio-Visual Evidence of Post Earthquake Pompeii (Michael Anderson)
Reconsidering the atrium House: Domestic fullonicae at Pompeii (Miko Flohr)
Pottery Production in Pompeii: an Overview (Myles McCallum)
What was a via? An Integrated Archaeological and Textual Approach (Alan Kaiser)
Lead Contamination in the Drinking Water of Pompeii (Duncan Keenan-Jones)
Practical Matters: Infrastructure and the Planning for the Post-Earthquake Forum at Pompeii (Eric Poehler)
Reviews & Quotes
""This book will be of most interest to specialists now working on Pompeii or its region. [...]Several of the individual contributions...are intelligent and innovative responses to important questions...""
Journal of Roman Archaeology (25 (2012))
"The short chapters of the volume give a wonderful glimpse into what is being done in Pompeii at the moment. The variety of topics is astounding and the new insights into the various aspects of the daily life in Pompeii and its surroundings are fascinating."