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A list of key readings about Pompeii.
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Ancient sources

  • Cooley, Alison & Cooley, M. G. L (2004). Pompeii: a sourcebook. London: Routledge. ISBN 9780415262118. Contains extracts from primary sources and a plan. The sources are arranged first chronologically, group into the pre-Roman periods, the Roman colony, and the destruction of the city, and thematically exploring subjects such as religion and politics.
Project Gutenburg hosts a free early 20th-century translation of Pliny the Younger's letters, including his account of Vesuvius' eruption [1]. A more recent translation can be found in Cooley & Cooley, Pompeii: a sourcebook, from page 32 onward [2].

Modern study of Pomepii

  • de Carolis, Ernesto & Patricelli, Giovanni (2003). Vesuvius, A.D. 79: The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Roberto Marcucci. p. 74. ISBN 88-8265-199-1.
  • McGinn, Thomas A. J. (2004). The Economy of Prostitution in the Roman World: A Study of Social History and the Brothel. Michigan: University of Michigan Press. pp. 167, 181–182. ISBN 0-472-11362-3. Much has been written about Pompeii's brothels and erotic art, chapter six of McGinn 2004 is available online here courtesy of the University of Michigan Press.
  • Sigurdsson, Haraldur; Cashdollar, Stanford; and Sparkes, Stephen R. J. (1982). "The Eruption of Vesuvius in A. D. 79: Reconstruction from Historical and Volcanological Evidence", American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 86, no. 1, pp. 39–51. A scientific article on the eruption.
  • Wallace-Hadrill, A. (1994) Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691029092
  • Zanker, Paul (1998). Pompeii: Public and Private Life. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674689671.