Ashen Sky

Ashen Sky : The Letters of Pliny the Younger on the Eruption of Vesuvius

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Pliny the Younger (C61-112AD) was a Roman official and writer. He has become famous for his two letters to the historian Tacitus, which detail his eye-witness account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD which took the life of his uncle, Pliny the Elder."Ashen Sky" presents readers with a translation of Pliny's letters, accompanied by stunning black-and-white engravings by acclaimed artist Barry Moser, that magnificently illustrate the various descriptions found in the letters. Also included is a brief description of the eruption of the volcano, concise biographies of Tacitus, and of both Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, as well as a summary of how the texts of the two letters have survived until today.

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  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 223.52 x 261.62 x 12.7mm | 385.55g
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US
  • Santa Monica CAUnited States
  • English
  • New.
  • 16 detailed relief engravings
  • 0892369000
  • 9780892369003
  • 561,678

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Barry Moser is an internationally renowned wood-carving artist. His work is to be found in museums and special collections around the world.

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"Ashen Sky" will enthrall anyone with an interest in Roman history and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. "History in Review""

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