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The last days of Pompeii.

Author: Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton, Baron
Publisher: New York, Heritage Press [1957]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Picture of the luxury of Roman society under Titus, 79 A.D., which employs Pliny's famous account of the eruption.
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873.
Last days of Pompeii.
New York, Heritage Press [1957]
(OCoLC)952066289
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton, Baron
OCLC Number: 1249730
Notes: Originally published 1834.
Description: xx, 512 pages illustrations 27 cm
Responsibility: With an introduction by Edgar Johnson & illustrations by Kurt Craemer.

Abstract:

Picture of the luxury of Roman society under Titus, 79 A.D., which employs Pliny's famous account of the eruption.

The novel was inspired by the painting The Last Day of Pompeii by the Russian painter Karl Briullov, ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Days_of_Pompeii#/media/File:Karl_Brullov_-_The_Last_Day_of_Pompeii_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg ) which Bulwer-Lytton had seen in Milan. It culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The novel uses its characters to contrast the decadent culture of 1st-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends. The protagonist, Glaucus, represents the Greeks who have been subordinated by Rome, and his nemesis Arbaces the still older culture of Egypt. Olinthus is the chief representative of the nascent Christian religion, which is presented favorably but not uncritically. The Witch of Vesuvius, though she has no supernatural powers, shows Bulwer-Lytton's interest in the occult--a theme which would emerge in his later writing.--Wikipedia.

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