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    DescriptionVolcanoes around the world have their own legends, and many have wrought terrible devastation, but none has caught the imagination like Vesuvius. We now know that immense eruptions destroyed Bronze Age settlements around Vesuvius, but the Romans knew nothing of those disasters and were lulled into complacency - much as we are today - by its long period of inactivity. None of the nearly thirty eruptions since AD 79 has matched the infamous cataclysm that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum within hours. Nearly two thousand years later, the allure of the volcano remains - as evidenced by its popularity as a tourist attraction, from Shelley and the Romantics to modern-day visitors. Vesuvius has loomed large throughout history, both feared and celebrated. Gillian Darley unveils the human responses to Vesuvius from a cast of characters as far-flung as Pliny the Younger and Andy Warhol, revealing shifts over time. This cultural and scientific meditation on a powerful natural wonder touches on pagan religious beliefs, vulcanology, and travel writing. Sifting through the ashes of Vesuvius, Darley exposes how changes in our relationship to the volcano mirror changes in our understanding of our cultural and natural environments.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gillian Darley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 114 mm
    Height: 184 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 381 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674052857
    ISBN 10: 0674052854

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BIC subject category V2: RBC
    B&T Approval Code: A15202040
    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    B&T Approval Code: A56763000
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010, SCI082000
    DC22: 945.73
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 945/.73
    LC classification: QE523.V5 D37 2012
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 937.7
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, RBC
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    13 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Gillian Darley is a writer, broadcaster, and architectural journalist.
    Review quote
    Most readers will enjoy this attractive little book as an armchair travel guide to Vesuvius along the paths of history. -- David Keymer Library Journal 20120302 A lively biography of the mountain best known for swallowing Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D...Vesuvius is an entertaining guide to the volcano's impact on European culture, ranging over its influence on religion, science, philosophy, art, literature, and music. -- Amy Henderson Weekly Standard 20120611