Bodies from the Ash Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii by James M Deem
  

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Bodies from the Ash Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii by James M Deem

In ancient times, Pompeii was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Its 20,000 inhabitants lived in the shadow of Vesuvius, which they believed was nothing more than a mountain. But Vesuvius was a volcano. And on the morning of August 24, A.D. 79, Vesuvius began to erupt. Within twenty-four hours, the entire city of Pompeii--and many of its citizens--had been utterly annihilated. It was not until hundreds of years later that Pompeii saw daylight again, as archaeological excavations began to unearth what had been buried under layers of volcanic rubble. Digging crews expected to find buildings and jewelry and other treasures, but they found something unexpected, too: the imprints of lost Pompeiians, their deaths captured as if by photographic images in volcanic ash.

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With incredibly engrossing images and narrative, this is a powerful and poignant piece of nonfiction. -School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred The jewels here are the numerous black-and-white (and some color) photographs. . . . Excellent for browsers as well as researchers. --Booklist Booklist, ALA

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Format

Hardback

Author

James M Deem
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Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Publication date

6th December 2012

ISBN

9780618473083


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