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This is an account of the seismic and volcanic activity leading up to the eruption of Vesuvius, as well as a detailed description of the event itself and its aftermath. The authors rely on a wide range of scientific, artistic and literary sources, including the gripping eyewitness account of Pliny the Younger, whose eminent uncle died from exposure to toxic gases while trying to help victims evacuate. The authors close with stories and legends of this ancient catastrophe, which continues to fascinate scholars and non-experts to this day.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780892367191
ISBN-10: 0892367199
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 168mm x 19mm)
Pages: 124
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum
Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Ernesto De Carolis

Ernesto De Carolis is the director of the restoration laboratories at the Archeological Superintendency of Pompeii. Giovanni Patricelli has held positions at the Vesuvian Observatory and in the Department of Geophysics and Volcanology of Naples, where he was involved in mapping the seismological topography of Vesuvius.