Bodies From the Ash

Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii

By James M. Deem
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618473083, 64pp.)

Publication Date: October 2005

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Description

In ancient times, Pompeii was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. Its 20,000 inhabitants lived in the shadow of Vesuvius, which they believed was nothing more than a mountain. But Vesuvius was a volcano. And on the morning of August 24, A.D. 79, Vesuvius began to erupt. Within twenty-four hours, the entire city of Pompeii—and many of its citizens—had been utterly annihilated.

It was not until hundreds of years later that Pompeii saw daylight again, as archaeological excavations began to unearth what had been buried under layers of volcanic rubble. Digging crews expected to find buildings and jewelry and other treasures, but they found something unexpected, too: the imprints of lost Pompeiians, their deaths captured as if by photographic images in volcanic ash.




About the Author

James M. Deem is the author of numerous books for young readers, including 3 NB of Julian Drew, Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Rediscovery of the Past, and Faces From the Past. Mr. Deem lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona.




Praise For Bodies From the Ash

"With incredibly engrossing images and narrative, this is a powerful and poignant piece of nonfiction."–School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred

"The jewels here are the numerous black-and-white (and some color) photographs. . . . Excellent for browsers as well as researchers." ––Booklist Booklist, ALA

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