The Shadow of Vesuvius A Life of Pliny

Interweaving the younger Pliny’s Letters with extracts from the Elder’s Natural History, Daisy Dunn paints a vivid, compellingly readable portrait of two of antiquity’s greatest minds.

Author: Daisy Dunn

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 1631496409

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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“A wonderfully rich, witty, insightful, and wide-ranging portrait of the two Plinys and their world.”—Sarah Bakewell, author of How to Live When Pliny the Elder perished at Stabiae during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, he left behind an enormous compendium of knowledge, his thirty-seven-volume Natural History, and a teenaged nephew who revered him as a father. Grieving his loss, Pliny the Younger inherited the Elder’s notebooks—filled with pearls of wisdom—and his legacy. At its heart, The Shadow of Vesuvius is a literary biography of the younger man, who would grow up to become a lawyer, senator, poet, collector of villas, and chronicler of the Roman Empire from the dire days of terror under Emperor Domitian to the gentler times of Emperor Trajan. A biography that will appeal to lovers of Mary Beard books, it is also a moving narrative about the profound influence of a father figure on his adopted son. Interweaving the younger Pliny’s Letters with extracts from the Elder’s Natural History, Daisy Dunn paints a vivid, compellingly readable portrait of two of antiquity’s greatest minds.

The Shadow of Vesuvius

A Greek slave of a Roman artisan plans his escape from the city of Pompeii amid ominous signs of the approaching eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

Author: Eilís Dillon

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

ISBN: 9780840765697

Category: Pompeii (Extinct city)

Page: 159

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A Greek slave of a Roman artisan plans his escape from the city of Pompeii amid ominous signs of the approaching eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

In the Shadow of Vesuvius

A general history of Naples explores how its culture has influenced the international arena, discussing a wide range of topics, from the region's controversial history and high rates of crime to the ruins of Pompeii and the San Carlo opera ...

Author: Jordan Lancaster

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 9781850437642

Category: History

Page: 266

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A general history of Naples explores how its culture has influenced the international arena, discussing a wide range of topics, from the region's controversial history and high rates of crime to the ruins of Pompeii and the San Carlo opera house.

In the Shadow of Vesuvius

When they uncover a corpse and the police dismiss the murder as the work of local gangsters, Emily launches an investigation of her own.

Author: Tasha Alexander

Publisher: Wheeler Publishing, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781432876524

Category: Fiction

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"Some corpses lie undisturbed longer than others. But when Emily discovers a body hidden in plain sight amongst the ruins of Pompeii, she sets in motion a deadly chain of events that ties her future to the fate of a woman whose story had been lost for nearly two thousand years. Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, have accompanied her dear friend Ivy Brandon on a trip to Pompeii. When they uncover a corpse and the police dismiss the murder as the work of local gangsters, Emily launches an investigation of her own. She seems to be aided by the archaeologists excavating the ruins, including a moody painter, the enigmatic site director, and a free-thinking American capable of sparring with even the Duke of Bainbridge. But each of them has secrets hiding among theruins. The sudden appearance of a beautiful young woman who claims a shocking relationship to the Hargreaves family throws Emily's investigation off-course. And as she struggles to face an unsettling truth about Colin's past, it becomes clear that someone else wants her off the case--for good. Emily's resolve to unearth the facts is unshakable. But how far below the surface can she dig before she risks burying herself along with the truth?"--

In the Shadow of Vesuvius

Author: Barbara Ker Wilson

Publisher:

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Category: Pompeii (Extinct city)

Page: 191

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Pliny s Oyster

Ash spewed into the sky. All eyes were on Vesuvius. Pliny the Elder sailed towards the phenomenon. A teenage Pliny the Younger waited. His uncle did not come back.

Author: Daisy Dunn

Publisher: William Collins

ISBN: 9780008211097

Category:

Page: 320

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Ash spewed into the sky. All eyes were on Vesuvius. Pliny the Elder sailed towards the phenomenon. A teenage Pliny the Younger waited. His uncle did not come back. In a dazzling new literary biography, Daisy Dunn introduces Pliny the Younger, the survivor who became a Roman lawyer, senator, poet, collector of villas, curator of drains, and representative of the Emperor. He was confidant and friend to the great and good, an unparalleled chronicler of the Vesuvius catastrophe, and eyewitness to the terror of Emperor Domitian. The younger Pliny was adopted by his uncle, admiral of the fleet and author of the Natural History, an extraordinary compendium of knowledge and the world's first full-length encyclopaedia. The younger Pliny inherited his uncle's notebooks and carried their pearls of wisdom with him down the years. Daisy Dunn breathes vivid life back into the Plinys. Reading from the Natural History and the Younger Pliny's Letters, she resurrects the relationship between the two men to expose their beliefs on life, death and the natural world in the first century. Interweaving their work, and positioning the Plinys in relation to the devastating eruption, Dunn's biography is a celebration of two outstanding minds of the Roman Empire, and their lasting influence on the world thereafter..

The Shadow of Vesuvius

Author: Lisa M. Toman

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In the Shadow of Vesuvius

Author: Finch College. Museum of Art

Publisher:

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Category: Drawing

Page: 40

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The Shadow of Vesuvius

Author: Raleigh Trevelyan

Publisher: Michael Joseph

ISBN:

Category: Herculaneum - Antiquities

Page: 128

View: 802


Seeing Naples

Author: Daniel Rothbart

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781893207417

Category: Naples (Italy)

Page: 151

View: 537


Vergil Philodemus and the Augustans

CHAPTER 6 VERGIL IN THE SHADOW OF VESUVIUS MARCELLO GIGANTE
VERGIL AND PHILODEMUS Our testimonies from Herculaneum to Vergil's
association with Philode- mus are far more secure today than they once were.1
The ...

Author: David Armstrong

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292783981

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 375

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The Epicurean teacher and poet Philodemus of Gadara (c. 110-c. 40/35 BC) exercised significant literary and philosophical influence on Roman writers of the Augustan Age, most notably the poets Vergil and Horace. Yet a modern appreciation for Philodemus' place in Roman intellectual history has had to wait on the decipherment of the charred remains of Philodemus' library, which was buried in Herculaneum by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. As improved texts and translations of Philodemus' writings have become available since the 1970s, scholars have taken a keen interest in his relations with leading Latin poets. The essays in this book, derived from papers presented at the First International Symposium on Philodemus, Vergil, and the Augustans held in 2000, offer a new baseline for understanding the effect of Philodemus and Epicureanism on both the thought and poetic practices of Vergil, Horace, and other Augustan writers. Sixteen leading scholars trace his influence on Vergil's early writings, the Eclogues and the Georgics, and on the Aeneid, as well as on the writings of Horace and others. The volume editors also provide a substantial introduction to Philodemus' philosophical ideas for all classicists seeking a fuller understanding of this pivotal figure.

Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History

We now know the Plinian eruption at Vesuvius was due to several factors of deep
internal geomorphology. Below the Bay of ... Neapolitans today know that
Campania Felix is no myth even in the shadow of Vesuvius. A famous phrase still
 ...

Author: Patrick Hunt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440628993

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 577

The world’s greatest archaeological finds and what they tell us about lost civilizations Renowned archaeologist Patrick Hunt brings his top ten list of ancient archaeological discoveries to life in this concise and captivating book. The Rosetta Stone, Troy, Nineveh's Assyrian Library, King Tut’s Tomb, Machu Picchu, Pompeii, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Thera, Olduvai Gorge, and the Tomb of 10,000 Warriors—Hunt reveals the fascinating stories of these amazing discoveries and explains the ways in which they added to our knowledge of human history and permanently altered our worldview. Part travel guide to the wonders of the world and part primer on ancient world history, Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History captures the awe and excitement of finding a lost window into ancient civilization.

The Boy from Bithynia

Vesuvius. Life at the villa was a confusing succession of dinners, hunts, and
games mixed with Laberius's tutelage on the social and political etiquette of the
Roman world. ... Even Marcius Turbo, for all his _634 In the Shadow of Vesuvius.

Author: John Jaie Palmero

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477133755

Category: History

Page: 274

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During the first half of the second century CE, Hadrian, the 47-year-old Emperor of Rome met a beautiful young Greek named Antinous, in Bithynia, which is now northern Turkey. What followed shook the inflexible morality of Roman society and still creates discomfort among many western scholars nearly two thousand years later. This tragic tale follows the Emperor and Antinous from their initial meeting, the placement of the youth into a "finishing school for pages" in Rome and eventually at the boy's age of sixteen, the affair that intrigued an empire and scandalized Roman society. What follows next is a predestined journey through Greece, Asia Minor and eventually to Egypt, where fate and the gods decide to intervene. The relationship between Hadrian and Antinous raised the eyebrows of their contemporaries and the ire of the early Christians, yet the passion and pure essence of their connection remains as fresh and current today as it was during the second century. The contemporary chronicles of Hadrian's personality and the numerous sculptures of Antinous belie the qualities and power of both characters and make for a seductive, personal story told with clarity and supported by historical facts.

Insight Guides Explore Naples the Amalfi Coast

In the shadow of Vesuvius, Jordan Lancaster. Exploring three thousand yearsof
Naples' history, and touching on art, literature, cuisine, music,film and popular
culture,this book providesa useful andreadable overview. The StoryofSan
Michele ...

Author: Insight Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1780057202

Category: Travel

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A trip to Naples and the nearby Amalfi Coast gives you the quintessential Italian experience. Start with the maze of chaotic, cobbled streets and the best pizza in the world in Naples' historic centre then go live the high life on the magical island of Capri, playground of the rich and famous. Culture buffs won't want to miss the extraordinary ancient site of Pompeii, which offers a fascinating insight into lives of the Ancient Romans and is undergoing a 90 million facelift. Explore Naples and the Amalfi Coast, part of a brand-new series, is your perfect companion to the region with 12 self-guided walking routes. Insight's trademark cultural coverage sets the routes in context, with introductions to Neapolitan cuisine, as well as shopping, entertainment and key historical dates. Hand-picked places to eat and drink are highlighted in each route and in the directory section, which contains useful practical information, including carefully selected hotels to suit all budgets. All routes are plotted on the pull-out map, and evocative photography captures the breathtaking beauty of the coast. And unlike many other guide books that cover the region, our guide is not taken from a bigger Italy guide but written specifically and updated on location.

Sea Fever

Inky supposed it was the effect of living forever in the shadow of Vesuvius which
made them so hotheaded. Luca wasn't helping matters by leaning forward and
chatting casually to the taxi driver when Inky would have really preferred to let the
 ...

Author: Sarah Mason

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405516925

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

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Beautiful and talented, Erica Pencarrow, nicknamed Inky because of her dark hair, longs to compete in the America's Cup - sailing's toughest challenge where only the best, and richest, have a chance of success. When Inky's dream finally comes true she must conquer not only the sea but also her team's prejudices - a fight she looks set to lose when she falls for a rival sailor. Meanwhile Fabian, rich and handsome, is fighting his own battles - he was once sailing's golden boy until his partying and playboy lifestyle ended in tragedy. And Rafe, unconventional, gifted and beautiful is brought to his knees by Ava, the spoilt, rich daughter of his sponsor. Set against the ruthless world of sailing Sea Fever offers an exhilarating blend of glamour, adventure and drama as two teams battle the elements -- and each other -- in the biggest challenge of their lives.

The Rise of Birds

... remained intact, to as high as 500o–600oC at Oplontis and Herculaneum,
where the victims' flesh was vaporized. In the desolate silence of these once
vibrant cities, life and death are captured in accurate detail in the shadow of
Vesuvius.

Author: Sankar Chatterjee

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 142141614X

Category: Science

Page: 392

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A small set of fossilized bones discovered almost thirty years ago led paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee on a lifelong quest to understand their place in our understanding of the history of life. They were clearly the bones of something unusual, a bird-like creature that lived long, long ago in the age of dinosaurs. He called it Protoavis, and the animal that owned these bones quickly became a contender for the title of "oldest known bird." In 1997, Chatterjee published his findings in the first edition of The Rise of Birds. Since then Chatterjee and his colleagues have searched the world for more transitional bird fossils. And they have found them. This second edition of The Rise of Birds brings together a treasure trove of fossils that tell us far more about the evolution of birds than we once dreamed possible. With no blind allegiance to what he once thought he knew, Chatterjee devours the new evidence and lays out the most compelling version of the birth and evolution of the avian form ever attempted. He takes us from Texas to Spain, China, Mongolia, Madagascar, Australia, Antarctica, and Argentina. He shows how, in the "Cretaceous Pompeii" of China, he was able to reconstruct the origin and evolution of flight of early birds from the feathered dinosaurs that lay among thousands of other amazing fossils. Chatterjee takes us to where long-hidden bird fossils dwell. His compelling, occasionally controversial, revelations—accompanied by spectacular illustrations—are a must-read for anyone with a serious interest in the evolution of "the feathered dinosaurs," from vertebrate paleontologists and ornithologists to naturalists and birders.

A Pompeian Herbal

In my workIso often have been impressed withthe continuity of life in the shadow
of Vesuvius. Frequently, when my workmen identified a new soil contouror other
agricultural detail INTRODUCTION—MEDICINAL PLANTS: THEN AND.

Author: Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477302689

Category: Nature

Page: 123

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When workmen excavating the ruins of Pompeii eagerly gathered the native medicinal plants growing there, Wilhelmina Jashemski discovered that this was another example of the continuity of life in the shadow of Vesuvius. Many of the plants used for herbal medicine around Pompeii today are the same ones that ancient authorities such as Pliny the Elder and Dioscorides recommended for treating the same types of disorders. In this book, Jashemski presents an herbal of thirty-six medicinal plants, most of them known to the ancients and still employed today. She describes each plant's contemporary medicinal uses and compares them to ancient practices as recorded in literary sources. Scientific, English, and Italian names and the plant's mythological associations complete the entries, while elegant, full-page portraits depict each plant visually.

Largest Island In The Sea

I knew that it lay in the shadow of Vesuvius, that Pompeii and Herculaneum were
nearby, that many Italian-Americans (among whom I grew up in New York) came
from southern Italy, and that it was supposed to be a splendid city, despite the ...

Author: Green M Jeffrey

Publisher: Vox Humana Books

ISBN: 9657504023

Category:

Page: 240

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..".What did I "know" about Naples? That it was an important city historically, formerly the capital of a kingdom; that it had been in serious decline for centuries, that it was full of pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and counterfeit watches, pocketbooks, and pens. I knew that it lay in the shadow of Vesuvius, that Pompeii and Herculaneum were nearby, that many Italian-Americans (among whom I grew up in New York) came from southern Italy, and that it was supposed to be a splendid city, despite the corruption, squalor, and decay. I once heard a company of marvelous young musicians from Naples play and sing medieval and renaissance music, so I knew there was high level musical activity there..." Naples is an overactive city of nobility and squalor, sprawling in the menacing shadow of Vesuvius. Not far from Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, the streets of Naples are lined with Africans and Asians selling sunglasses and watches, and young men from North Africa, seeking work, lounging in the streets. It is here, an island battered by successive waves of war and conquest - from the rivalry between the Phoenicians and the Greeks in the sixth century BCE - through the battles of World War II - that Europe merges with the Third World. Jeffrey Green had wanted to visit these places since his childhood in Greenwich Village, New York City, which, as much as it was a haven of poets, painters, bohemians, and intellectuals, was also the northern fringe of Little Italy. The faces he saw, the voices he heard, the stores he passed on MacDougal Street on his way to school, were all Sicilian and Neapolitan. Hardly a month went by when he and his parents didn't eat at least once in a family-owned Italian restaurant. The fragrance of Italian food was the fragrance of his New York Jewish childhood. At the age of 60, he finally got to Sicily, in the company of Judith his wife, and another couple. By the time he got there, it meant much more to him than an echo of his Manhattan childhood, for he had been living in Israel since 1973, and was now a citizen of Mediterranean civilization himself. So his exploration of Naples and Sicily, although frustratingly brief, was also an exploration of an assumed identity. Travel can give us both knowledge of the world and lead to a deeper self-knowledge. Just as on a trip, no matter how carefully one plans, there are always surprises, some propitious, some untoward; in this book the reader will not necessarily find what he or she expects.

Bodies from the Ash

Provides an examination of the bodies found buried in the ashes of the ancient city while exploring the life and times of these people, the events that led to the destruction of their civilization, and the archeological discoveries being ...

Author: James M. Deem

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618473084

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 50

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Provides an examination of the bodies found buried in the ashes of the ancient city while exploring the life and times of these people, the events that led to the destruction of their civilization, and the archeological discoveries being made at the site's location today.

Diamonds in the Rough

From Egypt they went on to Italy (where Spalding's attempt at playing a game in
the Coliseum was sternly rejected, but they did play in Naples “under the shadow
of Vesuvius,” on the grounds of the Villa Borghese in Rome, and another game ...

Author: Joel Zoss

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803299207

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 437

View: 113

Pairing their detailed, informative research with a sophisticated anecdotal approach, Joel Zoss and John Bowman have written a fascinating, original, literate, and concise compendium of the history and issues surrounding America's national pastime. Addressedøare such diverse topics as the origins of the game, the contributions of minorities and women, the evolution of umpiring, baseball's influence on literature and music, substance abuse, on- and off-field tragedy, and the game's international presence. Diamonds in the Rough is an invaluable and stimulating resource both for those who already study the game and for those who would like to learn its revealing history.