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"Eros in Pompeii" Secret Ancient Roman Erotic Art Sex Vesuvius Naples Dionysus

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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122207146929 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Eros in Pompeii: The Secret Rooms of the National Museum of Naples, Text by Michael Grant, Photographs by Antonia Mulas. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 171 pages. Publisher: Morrow; (1971). Size: 11½ x 9½ x 1 inch; 2¾ pounds . [LARGE Format "Coffee Table" Book] When the eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 buried ancient Pompeii beneath a layer of volcanic ashes, it preserved a unique record of the life and customs of a city of the past. Among the treasures that came to light during the excavations of the eighteenth century were masterpieces of erotic art which were set aside in the National Museum at Naples to form a special collection, access to which is still restricted. The wall painting, statues, mosaics, and household objects that are contained in this collection provide a fascinating insight into the life of the average Pompeian, his religion, and his basic philosophy. Living beneath the shadow of Vesuvius, the inhabitants of this doomed with were constantly aware of the proximity of life to death. Inscriptions and graffiti still to be read today express their belief that life was short and to be enjoyed to the full while it lasted. At the same time, ancient religion and sexual symbolism were closely related. Pompeii's patron deities were Venus and Dionysus, and many everyday household objects in the collection reflect the popular belief in the power of sexual symbols as protection against evil and misfortune, and an encouragement of fertility. This book gives the background of the social and political life of Pompeii and the disaster that befell it, followed by a fully documented catalog of the major objects of the collection. The artifacts are photographed in color and many presented here for the first time in print. A short history of the collection is also included. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Clean, very large (11x9 inch) hardcover w/dustjacket (in new mylar sleeve). Morrow (1975) 171 pages. Based on appearances, I'd guess the book has only been flipped through once or twice, but clearly seems to have never actually been "read" (i.e., cover-to-cover). I'd guess someone flipped through the book once or twice looking at the erotic Roman art, then put it away on a bookshelf never to be actually taken down and read. The pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated and tightly bound. The outside of the book is not quite so pristine however, evidencing moderate shelfwear. First, the dustjacket does evidence moderate edge and corner shelfwear to the extremities (the dustjacket corners, and spine head/heel). There's rubbing, tiny chips, and a few tiny, closed (neatly mended) edge tears, again, to the corners and spine head/heel. Beneath the dustjacket the cloth covers are clean, but the lower edges again evidence modest shelfwear, I'd guess from being slid back and forth on a book shelf. Large, heavy books like this tend to show accelerated shelfwear, frequently bumped, and particularly with respect to the bottom edges and corners, as due to their size and weight they are frequently the victim of careless, lazy or clumsy re-shelving; and sliding a heavy book like this back and forth across a shelf causes accelerated edge wear. Though given the (largely superficial) cosmetic blemishes this particular copy is no "shelf trophy", it is a nonetheless a good, clean, solid, seemingly unread (merely flipped through) copy of this fairly obscure title. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1763.1e. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: First published as "Erotic Art in Pompeii" in 1975 by Octopus Books, the extensive historical and social background text, accompanied by 159 full color photographs of this collection of bronzes, statues, wall paintings and everyday objects contributes to our understanding of the lifestyle and sensual philosophy of an ancient Roman people. The Author, Michael Grant is a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world - and with over fifty books to his credit, certainly one of the most prolific contemporary writers of the ancient world. Without question Professor Grant has been one of the leading popularizers (in the best sense) of ancient history and archaeology. His material is most lucid, entertaining, and informative. Professor Grant has held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen's University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He is a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and is a Medalist of the American Numismatic Society. He spent the last years of his life living and writing in Italy. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: An authority on Pompeii and the ancient Roman Empire takes readers on a tour of Pompeii, examining every aspect of the city and its people. This presentation of over 80 amazingly diverse works of erotic art from Pompeii and nearby Herculaneum accompanies a meticulous text which discusses the works in detail, emphasizing elements of composition, style, origin, and the mythological or real-life influences that inspired their creation. 159 color photos. REVIEW: The erotic art collection of the museum of Naples, the most famous masterpieces of erotic art in the world. Lavishly illustrated presentation of the erotic art work which was part of everyday Pompeii, but considered too risque' for the public. 159 color photos of erotic satyrs, bas-reliefs, statuary, and paintings from Pompeii. Photography by Antonia Mulas, and a description of the collection by Antonio De Simone and Maria Teresa Merella. Color photos throughout. A remarkable record of Pompeian philosophy, showing the importance of sexual symbolism and its relation to ancient religion. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: When one visits Pompeii one of the first things that becomes evident is the erotic nature of the art. Even many of the souvenirs are erotic in nature. So, this book seems particularly appropriate. While eros becomes a theme uniting the book, it discusses the history and daily life in Pompeii as well as giving information of the excavation and discoveries of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The book also points out the important fact that many of these erotic art objects were not strictly for brothels but appeared in every day life. The penis, for instance, was a good-luck charm that appeared on buildings. Erotic images were carved onto ordinary household items. So these things did not hold the controversy for ancient Pompeii that they might for readers of more "modern" sensibilities. This is an excellent book, which, I believe, gives readers a real feeling for the ancient city of Pompeii. It would be quite useful for anyone planning a trip or interested in learning more about the culture of the city. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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