Pompeii – a book review

Filed in Gather Books Essential by on January 26, 2008 0 Comments

 

Author:  Robert Harris

Although this book is about Vesuvius and the eruption that covered Pompeii, that's almost an afterthought.

Most of the book is about the aqueducts, how they were made, what materials, what degree of slope for them to work right…

There is detailed information about the Roman culture and society of the time, information about Pliny and his books about nature and lots about the corruption in Pompeii.

There were small quotes in the beginning of every chapter about how the eruption of a volcano develops.  There was interesting information about the changes in the eruption from day to day, but I guess I'd expected more science and less history.

If you like a LOT of details, I can recommend it.  I just wanted something other than the book gave me, so was a bit disappointed.

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Ageing hippie chick, intellectual, earth mother type, can't wait to retire to go back to school. I love to read and walk and explore cyber communities.

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