Ghosts of Vesuvius

A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections

Author: Charles R. Pellegrino

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0060751002

Category: History

Page: 496

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A fascinating look at Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Vesuvius eruption in comparison with other historically significant volcanic eruptions, including the World Trade Center disaster. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, which obliterated the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, was a disaster that resounds to this day. Now palaeontologist Charles Pellegrino presents a wealth of new knowledge about the doomed towns – and brings to vivid life the people, their last moments, and the aftermath. The lessons learned from modern scrutiny of that ancient eruption produce disturbing echoes in the present. Dr Pellegrino, who worked at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, shares his unique knowledge of the strange physics of volcanic 'downblast' and 'collapse column', drawing a direct link from past to present, and providing readers with a poignant glimpse into the last moments of the 'American Vesuvius'.

Classics For All

Reworking Antiquity in Mass Culture

Author: Dunstan Lowe,Kim Shahabudin

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443804304

Category: History

Page: 305

View: 8742

Classical culture belongs to us all: whether as academic subject or as entertainment, it constantly stimulates new ideas. In recent years, following Gladiator’s successful revival of the ‘toga epic’, studies of the ancient world in cinema have drawn increasing attention from authors and readers. This collection builds on current interest in this topic, taking its readers past the usual boundaries of classical reception studies into less familiar—and even uncharted—areas of ancient Greece and Rome in mass popular culture. Contributors discuss the uses of antiquity in television programmes, computer games, journalism, Hollywood blockbusters, B-movies, pornography, Web 2.0, radio drama, and children’s literature. Its diverse contents celebrate the continuing influence of Classics on modern life: from controversies within academia to ephemeral pop culture, from the traditional to the cutting-edge. The reader will find both new voices and those of more established commentators, including broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes, Latinist Paula James, and Gideon Nisbet, author of Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture. Together they demonstrate that rich rewards await anyone with an interest in our classical heritage, when they embrace the diversity and complexity of mass popular culture as a whole.

Bodies from the Ash

Author: James M. Deem

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618473084

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 50

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Provides an examination of the bodies found buried in the ashes of the ancient city while exploring the life and times of these people, the events that led to the destruction of their civilization, and the archeological discoveries being made at the site's location today.

Resurrecting Pompeii

Author: Estelle Lazer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134507194

Category: History

Page: 408

View: 2757

Resurrecting Pompeii provides an in-depth study of a unique site from antiquity with information about a population who all died from the same known cause within a short period of time. Pompeii has been continuously excavated and studied since 1748. Early scholars working in Pompeii and other sites associated with the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius were seduced by the wealth of artefacts and wall paintings yielded by the site. This meant that the less visually attractive evidence, such as human skeletal remains, were largely ignored. Recognizing the important contribution of the human skeletal evidence to the archaeology of Pompeii, Resurrecting Pompeii remedies that misdemeanour, and provides students of archaeology and history with an essential resource in the study of this fascinating historical event.

The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks

Tales of Important Geological Puzzles and the People Who Solved Them

Author: Donald R. Prothero

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231544278

Category: Science

Page: 354

View: 9359

Every rock is a tangible trace of the earth’s past. The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks tells the fascinating stories behind the discoveries that shook the foundations of geology. In twenty-five chapters—each about a particular rock, outcrop, or geologic phenomenon—Donald R. Prothero recounts the scientific detective work that shaped our understanding of geology, from the unearthing of exemplary specimens to tectonic shifts in how we view the inner workings of our planet. Prothero follows in the footsteps of the scientists who asked—and answered—geology’s biggest questions: How do we know how old the earth is? What happened to the supercontinent Pangea? How did ocean rocks end up at the top of Mount Everest? What can we learn about our planet from meteorites and moon rocks? He answers these questions through expertly chosen case studies, such as Pliny the Younger’s firsthand account of the eruption of Vesuvius; the granite outcrops that led a Scottish scientist to theorize that the landscapes he witnessed were far older than Noah’s Flood; the salt and gypsum deposits under the Mediterranean Sea that indicate that it was once a desert; and how trying to date the age of meteorites revealed the dangers of lead poisoning. Each of these breakthroughs filled in a piece of the greater puzzle that is the earth, with scientific discoveries dovetailing with each other to offer an increasingly coherent image of the geologic past. Summarizing a wealth of information in an entertaining, approachable style, The Story of the Earth in 25 Rocks is essential reading for the armchair geologist, the rock hound, and all who are curious about the earth beneath their feet.

The Spartacus War

Author: Barry Strauss

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297857665

Category: History

Page: 272

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The story of the most famous revolt of the ancient world, and its legendary leader, Spartacus the Gladiator. Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who started a prison breakout with 74 men, armed with kitchen knives. It grew into a full scale rebellion against Rome, the most famous slave revolt in history. With an army of gladiators, ex-slaves and other desperadoes, he managed to defeat a succession of Roman armies and bring the Republic to its knees.

Pompeji lebt

2000 Jahre Texte, Bilder, Opern und Filme

Author: Hans-Joachim Glücklich

Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 112

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Wie die Sintflut, die Zerstörung von Gomorrha, der Fall Trojas gehören der Ausbruch des Vesuvs und die Zerstörung Pompejis im Jahre 79 n. Chr. zu den großen Katastrophen der Vergangenheit. Sie wurden immer wieder zum Anlass, über das Wesen des Menschen und des menschlichen Lebens nachzudenken: Wie reagieren Menschen in der Krise? Wer oder was verursacht die Krise? Wie kann man in der Erinnerung die Katastrophe verarbeiten? Pompeji hat dabei eine besondere Stellung. Es hat in Literatur, Kunst, Musik und Film ein reiches Nachleben. Die Ausgrabung Pompejis und seiner Nachbarstadt Herculaneum vermittelten detaillierte Vorstellungen dessen, was war, und regten die Fantasie an. Anhand von antiker und neuer Literatur, von Gemälden, Opern und ausführlich an Filmen zeichnet der renommierte Altphilologe Hans-Joachim Glücklich die Rezeptionsgeschichte einer exemplarischen Katastrophe nach. Er liefert den Beweis, dass die Antike nicht nur lebt, sondern dass Menschen die Antike verwandeln und aneignen. Die Antike arbeitet mit uns und an uns - auch heute.

Fluchtstücke

Roman

Author: Anne Michaels

Publisher: eBook Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3827079691

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 394

Anne Michaels ist Dichterin. Sie hat als solche zu veröffentlichen begonnen und für ihre 1986 und 1991 erschienenen Gedichtbände «The Weight of Oranges» und «Miner's Pond» Auszeichnungen erhalten. Auch ihr erster Roman mit dem deutschen Titel «Fluchtstücke» enthält Sätze von atemberaubender lyrischer Dichte: Knappheit und Härte der Anfangsseiten ihres Romans üben beim Lesen einen Sog aus, dem man sich nicht entziehen kann: So grauenerregend die Geschichte einsetzt, man will weiterlesen, mehr über das Schicksal des Protagonisten erfahren. Der siebenjährige Jakob Beer wird Zeuge, wie im Zweiten Weltkrieg Deutsche seine Eltern, polnische Juden, erschlagen und seine ältere Schwester verschleppen. Er flieht und versteckt sich auf dem Gelände einer archäologischen Grabungsstätte. Dort wird er nach Tagen von einem griechischen Forscher gefunden und gerettet. In der Obhut dieses Mannes verbringt er seine Kindheit und Jugend auf einer griechischen Insel, später wandert er mit ihm nach Toronto aus. Jakob wird Autor, wird Dichter und versucht seine Erfahrungen auf diesem Wege zu verarbeiten. Die schrecklichen Bilder seiner Kindheit lassen ihn lange nicht los. Eine erste Ehe scheitert daran, und erst als reifer Mann findet er in der Beziehung zu einer jungen Frau zu einer Art innerer Ruhe.

Sesam und Lilien

Author: John Ruskin,Hedwig Jahn

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5884461879

Category: History

Page: 266

View: 8322

Ausgew?hlte werke in vollst?ndiger ?bersetzung. Band 2.

Germelshausen

Author: Friedrich Gerstäcker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: German language materials

Page: 107

View: 8306