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Octavo, black cloth (hardcover), gilt letters, xvii + 222 pp. Fine in Fine, mylar protected dust jacket. From dust jackeT: At noontime on August 24, A.D. 79, the tranquil mountain of Vesuvius exploded with a force ten times as violent as the recent Mt. St. Helens eruption. Buried under 25 feet of volcanic ash was Pompeii. Buried under 65 feet of pyroclastic avalanche, and sealed as if in plastic, was Pompeii's sister city, Herculaneum. Today, after almost 2,000 years, Herculaneum is the most enticing of prospective archaeological digs. Whole houses and public buildings, astonishingly well preserved, have revealed not only their contents but the Roman way life. Tables set for lunch with bread, eggs, olives, figs; shops with cloth, fishnet, jewels; rooms with wooden furniture, books, erotic paintings, masterpeices of sculpture; a baby in a cradle -- all remains as in the moment of their abandon. Recent excavations have added a new and unexpected element: the citizens of Herculaneum themselves. The skeletons of hundreds of persons who failed to escape have been discovered in the positions of their final agony. Much information about their private lives is recorded in their bones and, through scientific research, we have come to know more about them than they understood about themselves. Also for the first time modern scientific techniques have been applied to the study of Vesuvius itself, and we come to know just what happened at Herculaneum...
Title: Herculaneum: Italy's Buried Treasure. Revised and Updated Edition.
Location Published: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1985).
Seller ID: 9134gcs