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Pompeii: a Different Perspective
Via dell'Abbondanza - a long road, well traveled

By Arthur E. Stephens and Jennifer F. Stephens

Pompeii: a Different Perspective
Hardback, 126 pages £40.00
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781937040789
Format: 225mm x 325mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Cultural and Social Studies, European Studies, Lockwood Press

This new book tells the story of a two thousand year-old street. It takes the reader on a unique journey down Via dell’Abbondanza, the longest street in the ancient city of Pompeii. In the first century AD, a wide range of elite houses, apartments, businesses and workspaces lined this 900-metre-long bustling thoroughfare, which was well-travelled by slaves, soldiers, merchants, commoners, and patricians. There is possibly no other single street that better depicts the diverse lives of the people who lived in Pompeii.

The book visually documents and interprets Via dell’Abbondanza with distinctive and highly detailed representations of the thirty-two city blocks along the street. The photo­mosaic images of the façades were produced by carefully combining survey drawings and digital photographs, revealing views that there is no way to see on-site.

The book also traces the history of the excavation of the street, analyses the deterioration of the structures since they were discovered, and provides interesting supplemental information about the buildings and the recording methodology.

A companion website (www.pompeiiperspectives.org) offers the reader additional historical facts, quantitative data, and research details.





Part I - A Different Perspective


The Via dell'Abbondanza Photomosaics

Via dell'Abbondanza North Side

          Regio VII, Insula 9

          Regio VII, Insula 13

          Regio VII, Insula 14

          Regio VII, Insula 1

          Regio IX, Insula 1

          Regio IX, Insula 7

          Regio IX, Insula 11

          Regio IX, Insula 12

          Regio IX, Insula 13

          Regio III, Insula 1

          Regio III, Insula 2

          Regio III, Insula 3

          Regio III, Insula 4

          Regio III, Insula 5

          Regio III, Insula 6

          Regio III, Insula 7

Via dell'Abbondanza South Side

          Regio VIII, Insula 3

          Regio VIII, Insula 5 West

          Regio VIII, Insula 5 East

          Regio VIII, Insula 4

          Regio I, Insula 4

          Regio I, Insula 6

          Regio I, Insula 7

          Regio I, Insula 8

          Regio I, Insula 9

          Regio I, Insula 11

          Regio I, Insula 12

          Regio I, Insula 13

          Regio II, Insula 1

          Regio II, Insula 2

          Regio II, Insula 3

          Regio II, Insula 4

          Regio II, Insula 5

Part II - A long road, well-traveled.

The Excavation of Via dell'Abbondanza

The Bombing of Via dell'Abbondanza

Via dell'Abbondanza since its Excavation

Part III - Methodology

Creating Photomosaics


          Control Background Drawings


          Photomosaic Assembly

Insula Measurements and Photomosaic Scales


Acknowledgments and Credits

About the Authors


'Via dell’Abbondanza is THE iconic road of Pompeii, trudged by generations of tourists and researchers. This book captures the road as never before, both by meticulous documentation, and by enthusiasm and empathy for what a road can offer. The photogrammetric reconstruction of façades in Pompeii takes not only the accuracy, but the aesthetic pleasure of documentation of the Roman city to a new level.
'This book is a major addition to our understanding of Pompeii.'

Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, University of Cambridge

'This book presents a unification of two components: an emotional one encompassing careful and innovative documentation of the original façades of the ancient buildings, and a scientific one involving advanced surveying technology, the results of which may be of interest to archaeologists, architects, restorers, and students of antiquity.'

Professor Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, Archaeological Superintendent of Naples and Pompeii (1995–2009)

Jennifer Stephens and Arthur Stephens are archaeological photographers. They record archaeological sites, excavations, post-excavation activities, artefacts, and historical documents for archaeologists and archaeological projects in Italy and Greece. They have developed their own equipment and techniques to accurately record historical standing structures in a nondestructive manner and have worked as a team to create the photomosaics and supporting materials in this book. Their photomosaics and photographs have been included in many archaeological books, monographs and journals.  Their work has been displayed in conjunction with exhibits at museums across the world.




Regio VIII, Insula 3


Regio I, Insula 6


Regio II, Insula 2 (Formerly Regio II, Insula 5)

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 126 pages
 225mm x 325mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002000, HIS054000, SOC003000
 Lockwood Press


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