A "Hybrid" Publication

Pompeii, a Different Perspective is a visual interpretation and analysis of via dell’Abbondanza in two complementary forms:

A book that contains unique and dimensionally accurate orthographic photomosaics of the thirty two city blocks along the street, summarizes the rationale for documenting the structures, describes the methodology used to create the images and presents other factual information about the buildings and street.

A website that not only digitally displays the photomosaic images, but also includes additional quantitative data and in-depth historical information such as listings of the function and names of the properties, chronology of the excavation of the street and changes in the condition of the structures.  The recording technology, equipment and techniques are described in detail.  In addition, guest essays written by Prof. John Dobbins of the University of Virginia and Dr. Damian Robinson of the University of Oxford examine different aspects of the configuration and use of public and private space along the street.  The website is searchable, and includes reference data such as a glossary and bibliography.



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Pompeii, a Different Perspective is also available as a hardback book, published in 2017 by Lockwood Press.  Printed in the United Kingdom,  the material is presented in a unique "layflat" format in order to enhance the usefulness and visual impact of the images.

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Pompeii, a Different Perspective was selected as a Times Literary Supplement 2017 Book of the Year and was also included in the 2017 Telegraph Christmes Gift Guide.


As of September of 2021, Pompeii, a Different Perspective is out of print.  All copies in the original print run have been sold.

The book is available in 118 university and national libraries worldwide.  The location of these libraries can be found on WorldCat, an online global network of library content and services:


Comments about the book from two prominent Pompeian archaeologists

“Via dell’Abbondanza is THE iconic road of Pompeii, trudged by generations of tourists and researchers. This book captures the road as never before, both by meticulous documentation, and by enthusiasm and empathy for what a road can offer. The photogrammetric reconstruction of façades in Pompeii takes not only the accuracy, but the aesthetic pleasure of documentation of the Roman city to a new level.

“This book is a major addition to our understanding of Pompeii.”

—Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
    University of Cambridge

“This book presents a unification of two components: an emotional one encompassing careful and innovative documentation of the original façades of the ancient buildings, and a scientific one involving advanced surveying technology, the results of which may be of interest to archaeologists, architects, restorers, and students of antiquity.”

—Prof. Pietro Giovanni Guzzo
    Archaeological Superintendent of Naples and Pompeii (1995–2009)

Literary and Academic Reviews

A Times Literary Supplement 2017 Book of the Year - “Those who like their antiquities more or less genuine, would probably prefer Jennifer and Arthur Stephens’s Pompeii: a different perspective (Lockwood), a complete colour record, house by house, step by step, of the remains of the ancient town’s main street, the Via dell’ Abbondanza. It offers a beautifully detailed, complete state view, minus the tourist.” —Mary Beard, University of Cambridge, The Times Literary Supplement, November 2017

"Never before has via dell'Abbondanza - or any Roman street for that matter - been photographed with such precision or completeness. It was a 5-year project conducted by skilled photographers who share both a love for Pompeii and an understanding that the information held in its ruins is unalterably becoming lost over time. Their methods should serve as a model and inspiration for future photographic projects.”—Kevin Dicus, University of Oregon, Journal of Roman Archaeology, Volume 31

"...The book and its companion website are a welcome addition to Pompeian studies and will appeal to Roman archaeologists, students of classical antiquity, architectural historians, as well as the more curious tourist interested in having professional photographs of Pompeii's urban landscape." —Matthew Selheimer, University of Leicester, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, April 2018

"[The book] offers an important, rich and authoritative visual record for anyone with an interest in Roman urban space." —Matthew Nicholls, University of Reading, The Times Literary Supplement, September 2018

“Faced with the fragility and inevitable degradation of archaeological structures subject to various pressures (climatic, seismic, human), these precise and high-quality images are an essential tool for the scientific community, serving as a basis for future academic studies, conservation and restoration work and museological dissemination….The high-quality photographic snapshots that accompany the subject, in addition to the orthomosaics, can not be ignored by the reader who, from the prologue, is immersed in the daily animation of this ancient district.”—Alexandra Boucherie, Université Libre de Bruxelles, L’Antiquité Classique, 87, 2018 (Brussels)

Publication details

Dimensions 32.5 cm x 22.5 cm
126 pages
33 double-page color photomosaic images
81 additional color photographs
20 black and white historical photographs
51 drawings and maps