Pompeii: a Different Perspective
Via dell'Abbondanza - a long road, well traveled
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
Control Background Drawings
Insula Measurements and Photomosaic Scales
Acknowledgments and Credits
About the Authors
Never before has via dell’Abbondanza - or any Roman street for that matter - been photographed with such precision or completeness. It was a 5-year project conducted by skilled photographers who share both a love for Pompeii and an understanding that the information held in its ruins is unalterably becoming lost over time. Their methods should serve as a model and inspiration for future photographic projects.- Journal of Roman Archaeology Volume 31 26 October 2018
...The book and its companion website are a welcome addition to Pompeian studies and will appeal to Roman archaeologists, students of classical antiquity, architectural historians, as well as the more curious tourist interested in having professional photographs of Pompeii's urban landscape.- Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2018.04.03
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.
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