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While I did in fact find this book interesting, it bothers me that the title is misleading; Because, the book does not deal with Pompeii in a manner of all public and private life, but, deals with it very specifically with houses (and their attempt(s) to make their houses look like villas) belonging to the middle-class and upwards. There is absolutely no mention of how the private space of those not well to-do were, or how the servant or slave quarters were furnished, or at what they must have b...
Made me never want to read a non-fiction book on Pompeii ever again. This is a translation and something definitely got lost here. This is an excruciating look at the interior decoration and "use of space" at Pompeii. There's also a lot of bitching about Pompeii's remains not being properly treated. It's Pompeii! It was wiped out by a volcano! Think it may have been damaged already? Talk about shutting the barn door after the horse has not only bolted but ripped the door off its friggin' hinges....
Pretty dry. Strictly architecture.