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Pompeii, the Holocaust, and World War Two

Paul, Joanna (2011). Pompeii, the Holocaust, and World War Two. In: Hales, Shelley and Paul, Joanna eds. Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today. Classical Presences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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[About the book]

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 contributors to this generously illustrated volume, who include the novelist Robert Harris, in a recorded interview, 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 which Pompeii inhabits our imaginations: as ghostly relic of human suffering, romantic ruin, model of cultural inspiration, home of a distant, decadent culture, and comforting model for everyday life.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2011 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-956936-3, 978-0-19-956936-6
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 30276
Depositing User: Joanna Paul
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 09:35
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:37
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