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Scarth, Alwyn
Vesuvius : a biography / Alwyn Scarth
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2009
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QE523.V5 S23 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject Vesuvius (Italy) -- History
Subject(s) Volcanism -- Italy -- Vesuvius
Physical Description ix, 342 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm
Note "Originating publisher: Terra Publishing. Published by Terra Publishing in the UK and the Republic of Ireland"--t.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-332) and index
Contents Introduction -- Campanian volcanoes: in the beginning -- The Avellino eruption: a prelude to Pompeii -- The eruption in AD 79: the day of wrath -- From antiquity to the Renaissance: tall stories -- The eruption of Monte Nuovo: a new approach -- The eruption in 1631: the Counter Reformation -- The old cities rediscovered: antiquity protected -- Hamilton and Vesuvius: volcano-watching -- Vesuvius as a tourist attraction: the Grand Tour -- Persistent activity, 1822-1944: scientific scrutiny -- The Campi Flegrei: an eruption that failed -- The future: the eruption to be avoided -- Appendix 1. The two letters of Pliny the Younger to Tacitus about the eruption of AD 79 -- Appendix 2. Cassiodorus: Variae epistolae, letter 50
Summary Exploring this celebrated wonder from scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives, Vesuvius provides a colorful portrait of a formidable force of nature.--From publisher's description

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