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  • Pompeii - The Life of a Roman Town

  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
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Pompeii explodes a number of myths - among them, the very date of the eruption, probably a few months later than usually thought; the hygiene of the baths which must have been hotbeds of germs; the legendary number of brothels, most likely only one; and the death count, which was probably less than ten per cent of the population. These are just a few of the strands that make up an extraordinary and involving portrait of an ancient town, its life and its continuing re-discovery, by Britain’s leading classicist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roman Life revealed

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-03-13

excellent

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Reviewed: 06-03-19

very informative, nicely paced , If you have an interest in Roman history , conzidsrring all strata of socity then this book is highly recommended.

  • 24 Hours in Ancient Rome

  • By: Philip Matyszak
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
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Walk a day in a Roman's sandals. What was it like to live in one of the ancient world's most powerful and bustling cities - one that was eight times more densely populated than modern-day New York? In this entertaining and enlightening guide, best-selling historian Philip Matyszak introduces us to the people who lived and worked there. In each hour of the day, we meet a new character - from emperor to slave girl, gladiator to astrologer, medicine woman to water-clock maker - and discover the fascinating details of their daily lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic insight into Roman life

  • By harrietp on 16-11-17

Very enjoyable , listen from interesting angles.

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Reviewed: 03-02-19

loved this book , full of interesting snippets and contemporaneous quotes.
, the narrator has a wonderful style , well paced.

  • Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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Sunday Times best-selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson, teams up with The Science Museum to celebrate the ideas and inventions of the incurably curious. Across this five-episode series, Bill Bryson, with the help of The Science Museum's curators, takes us object-by-object through some of the museum's lesser known inventions and discoveries - and the human stories behind them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good exploration of objects in the Science museum.

  • By Heisenberg on 12-03-18

excellent , enjoyable and informative episodes.

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Reviewed: 12-01-19

really enjoyable series, well informed participants given the opportunity to discuss their particular favourite items.