While the cat’s been getting on with the proofreading, I’ve been reading Mary Beard’s ‘Pompeii: the life of a Roman town’ – a refreshing mix of scholarship and common sense.
Some cunning archaeologist has figured out from the wear on the paving stones that Pompeii must have had a one-way system. Looking at the width of most of the streets, it’s the only sensible explanation. Before we get too excited about this triumph of town planning, however, we need to bear in mind that they also seem to have had an amphitheatre to hold 20,000 people which had no toilets at all. (Maybe that’s what the famous fight with the Nucerians [AD59] was all about?)
This will be the only cat photo, I promise.