On that fateful day in AD 79 the city of Pompeii was lost, and in time its location, its inhabitants and even its name were buried and forgotten. Not until 1748 did it emerge from its layer of volcanic rock, and the impact of that discovery was immediate and far reaching. The evocative story of Pompeiis awakening lies not just in its uniquely preserved classical remains but also in the powerful impact it made on Western cultural imagination. Judith Harris brings the doomed city vibrantly to life. In her rich *** of those who sifted through its artefacts, we read of Nelson, Napoleon and Mussolini. Of poets who sought melancholy fulfilment from Pompeiis shattered walls. Of tub thumping Victorian preachers who likened it to Sodom and Gomorrah. And of the many others engineers and architects, artists and filmmakers for whom the city has never ceased to resonate. Harris has delved into ancient diaries and descended deep underground to assess the latest excavations. As the sleeping city re awakens at her hands, Pompeii casts its spell once more, bewitching those who seek to unearth its buried secrets.