Buried by Vesuvius

Buried by Vesuvius

The Villa Dei Papiri at Herculaneum

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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 in 79 CE, the Villa dei Papiri was discovered in 1750 and 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 more than a thousand charred papyrus scrolls. For more 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. Buried by Vesuvius 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 dei Papiri's ancient inhabitants and modern explorers, providing readers with a multidimensional understanding of this fascinating site.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California :, The J. Paul Getty Museum,, [2019]
Branch Call Number: 937.7 BUR
Characteristics: ix, 265 pages :,illustrations, maps, plans ;,29 cm.
Notes: Issued on the occasion of the exhibition "Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri" held at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Malibu, June 26-October 28, 2019.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-253) and index.


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