Ann Arbor, Michigan: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 2016. Softcover. Soft cover, illustrated. 288 pp : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, plans. VG, some wear and bumping on lower right corner. Item #179747
This heavily illustrated volume, like the exhibition it accompanies, documents the lavish lifestyle of ancient Rome's wealthiest citizens along the Bay of Naples until AD 79, when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried many surrounding towns and villas. The book presents a collection of essays by an international group of scholars who highlight and interpret the archaeological discoveries of both the Italian excavations at Villa A and Oplontis ("Villa") B from 1964 to 1991 and the ongoing Oplontis Project, a collaboration between the Archaeological Superintendency of Pompeii and the University of Texas at Austin since 2006. Many of the authors are members of the Oplontis Project team. The volume also contains a full catalogue of the objects in the exhibition. -- Amazon.com. Contents as follows: Concepts and contexts of the exhibition / Elaine K. Gazda ; John R. Clarke -- Villas on the Bay of Naples : the ancient setting of Oplontis / Elaine K. Gazda -- The geological landscape of Oplontis and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius / Nayla Kabuzi Muntasser ; Giovanni Di Maio -- From the archives to the field : revisiting Villa A and Oplontis B / John R. Clarke -- Ten seasons of excavation at Oplontis (2006-2015) / Ivo van der Graaff -- Digital imaging at Oplontis / John R. Clarke ; Richard Beacham ; Andrew Coulson ; Timothy Liddell ; Marcus Abbott -- Framing views in Villa A : from the late Republic to the age of Nero / Michael L. Thomas -- Layered histories : the wall painting styles and painters of Villa A / Regina Gee -- The gardens and garden paintings of Villa A / Bettina Bergmann -- Luxury in fantasy and reality : exotic marble in Villa A / Lynley J. McAlpine -- Marble floors and paneled walls in the east wing of Villa A / Simon J. Barker -- The cost of luxury : procurement and labor for the marble décor of Villa A / J. Clayton Fant ; Simon J. Barker -- Calculating the manpower for the marble décor of the villa / Simon J. Barker -- Mutable meanings in the sculpture from Villa A / Elaine K. Gazda ; Matthew C. Naglak -- Thinking about Roman slaves at Villa A / Sandra R. Joshel ; Lauren Hackworth Petersen -- Oplontis B and the wine industry in the Vesuvian area / Michael L. Thomas -- Working and living in Oplontis B : material perspectives on trade and consumption / Jennifer L. Muslin -- Luxury, adornment, and identity : the skeletons and jewelry from Oplontis B / Courtney A. Ward -- Leisure and luxury in Villa A "of Poppaea" -- Commerce and wealth at Oplontis B.