Friday, December 7, 2007

Best (ancient) history books of 2007

The Sunday Times (London) has just published a list of the best history books of 2007.

Joanne Berry's The Complete Pompeii is in the seven books discussed. Congratulations to her!

Thames & Hudson £24.95

This book’s strengths are its accessibility and up-to-dateness. Hundreds of volumes have been written about Pompeii and Herculaneum, but few have offered such a thorough overview, and even fewer can boast such fresh information. Berry is not the most stylish of writers, but she deals thoughtfully with all aspects of the subject, from the eruption itself and the often messy archeological history to the individual finds. Beautifully illustrated, it is an ideal introduction to one of the world’s great classical sites.

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