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

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

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Illustrated by Barry Moser

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  • Publisher: J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US
  • Format: Hardback | 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 262mm x 13mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 15 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Santa Monica CA
  • ISBN 10: 0892369000
  • ISBN 13: 9780892369003
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 16 detailed relief engravings
  • Sales rank: 798,406

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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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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"