Nascere, Vivere e Morire a Pompei
By Eva Cantarella, et al.
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
232 pages, Illustrated
In 79 AD Vesuvius, dormant for more than 700 years, woke up suddenly projecting up such a large amount of ash, lapilli and lithic fragments as to obscure the sun. The inhabitants began to flee, but the tragedy was consummated the next day, when a glowing cloud, an avalanche of debris and ash high temperature mixed with toxic gases, violently hit Pompeii. The impact was fatal, and none of those who were still in the city survived. Life stopped at that moment, everything was covered in a blanket of ash and volcanic debris that preserved the city and its unfortunate inhabitants in stillness without time for many centuries, until the ancient Pompeii was rediscovered in the mid eighteenth century. This circumstance has provided absolutely outstanding historians and archaeologists with a unique opportunity: there is no other place in the world where you can take a trip back in time and be "face to face with the ancient" along the streets, entering in buildings, temples, private homes, markets, admiring the paintings, mosaics, objects of daily use, even the skeletons or casts of the bodies.Iconography rich and spectacular - mosaics, sculpture, paintings, jewelery, architecture - presents Pompeii and original way to rebuild the city of ideally a time, daily life that took place there and the habits and customs of these our ancestors.
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