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Pompeii awakened : a story of rediscovery

Author: Judith Harris
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Judith Harris brings the doomed city to life. In her account of those who sifted through its artefacts, we read of Nelson and Napoleon, fighting for Neapolitan supremacy on sea and land. Of the English on Grand Tour, whose wealth, damp climate and classical education fostered a passion for Naples and her rediscovered cities. Of Nelson's lover, Emma Hamilton, who helped to save the Herculaneum papyri from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Harris
ISBN: 9781845112417 1845112415
OCLC Number: 70128466
Description: xi, 308 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Contents: The Plutocrats of Pompeii --
Tunnels --
Papyrus --
Dynasty, Neapolitan style --
The moon and crabs --
Vulcanology --
Dirty and other pictures --
Running from revolution --
Napoleon's family affair --
A dark and stormy marriage --
Rebels among the ruins --
Victorians in togas --
"M" is for Mussolini --
The library at the end of the tunnel.
Responsibility: Judith Harris.

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Tells of the re-emergence in 1755 of an evocative, vanished world, which profoundly inspired a later age - from its arts and architecture to its science, sex and religion. This work aims to bring the  Read more...

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ITALY MAGAZINE'The author has researched with experts from three continents, flown over the city in a hot air balloon, delved into ancient diaries and descended deep underground to assess the latest Read more...

 
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