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The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, the model for the Getty Villa in Malibu, is one of the world s earliest systematically investigated archaeological sites Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius inCE, the Villa dei Papiri was discovered inand excavated under the auspices of the Neapolitan court Never fully unearthed, the site yielded spectacular coloured marble floors and mosaics, frescoed walls, the largest known ancient collection of bronze and marble statuary, intricately carved ivories and antiquity s only surviving library, with over a thousand charred papyrus scrolls For than two and a half centuries, the Villa dei Papiri and its contents have served as a wellspring of knowledge for archaeological science, art history, classics, papyrology and philosophy After Vesuvius Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri offers a sweeping yet in depth view of all aspects of the site Presenting the latest research, the essays in this authoritative and richly illustrated volume reveal the story of the Villa de Papiri s ancient inhabitants and modern explorers, providing readers with a multidimensional understanding of this fascinating site


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  1. Guy Mannering Guy Mannering says:

    There was already a very handsome and hefty Getty publication on the Villa dei Papiri by Carol Mattusch published in 2005 so this new one is a bit up to date although nothing really sensational has emerged in recent years As a tourist destination the villa is something of a disappointment when compared to say the so called Villa of Poppaea at Oplontis Torre Annunziata and the same may be said of the famed library most of which was devoted to the works of the philosopher Philodemus of Gadara, although the story of the various attempts to unravel the carbonized scrolls is fascinating The great glory of the villa was and is the stunning collection of bronzes that are now housed in the Archaeological Museum of Naples I can still remember the strange feeling of awe that came over me the first time I entered the room of the bronzes and there are splendid photographs of them in this book as well as of the frescoes and mosaics Although the book is not as big or heavy as the Mattusch one it contains colour illustrations and many of the photographs of the bronzes and artworks are in larger format so at least visually this new publication may be said to have the edge But whichever one you plump for, you re unlikely to be disappointed.


  2. R J L R J L says:

    The history of the exploration of this fascinating site as well as an accessible insight into the latest research.