In Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, science journalist and science fiction author Annalee Newitz explores the life, death, and afterlife of four cities across the globe, and connects their histories to the challenges facing urban life in the twenty-first century.
The museum of Boscoreale features a grave stone that belonged to an ancient Roman gromaticus or agrimensore, i.e. a (land) surveyor.
A beautiful fresco from Pompeii depicts a scene straight from Virgil’s Aeneid: Aeneas being treated for a leg wound.
We have not one, but two eye-witnesses to the AD 79 eruption of Vesuvius: Pliny the Younger and his uncle, Pliny the Elder.
In the 1930s, archaeologists made a remarkable discovery at Pompeii: an ivory figurine that was originally created in faraway India.
The ruins of Pompeii offer an unrivalled look at everyday life in a small Roman city of the first century AD.
A beautiful mosaic from the Roman city of Pompeii depicts a group of musicians playing in the street.
A fresco from Pompeii shows Perseus helping Andromeda after defeating a sea-monster.
Stepping stones in a street in Pompeii. These raised stones ensured that pedestrians could safely cross the street without having to make their feet wet or dirty. The stones are spaced in such a way that wheeled vehicles could still pass easily.