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Pompeii, a Different Perspective: Via dell'Abbondanza, a Long Road, Well Travele

By Jennifer F. Stephens and Arthur E. Stephens


Pompeii, a Different Perspective 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. In the first century AD a wide range of elite houses, apartments, businesses and workspaces lined this 900 meter-long bustling thoroughfare, which was well-traveled 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 that were created for the archives in Pompeii and for conservation management, academic study, and general historic interest. The photomosaic images of the façades were produced by carefully combining survey drawings and digital photographs, revealing views that cannot be seen on the site.

The book also traces the history of the excavation of the street, analyzes the deterioration of the structures since they were discovered, and provides interesting supplemental information about the buildings and the recording methodology. A companion website ( offers the reader additional historical facts, quantitative data, and research details.

Pompeii, a Different Perspective: Via dell'Abbondanza, a Long Road, Well Travele

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    126 pages

    9 x 13 pages

    ISBN 978-1-937040-78-9 (hardcover)

    June 2017

  • Table of Contents


    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


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