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    DescriptionVesuvius, nestled over the Bay of Naples, is (still) the most famous volcano in the world. There have been nearly thirty major eruptions since AD 79, but none has matched the cataclysm of the eruption which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum within hours. Since then Vesuvius has been speculated upon, feared, and celebrated by writers and artists and hordes of visitors. It is unquestionably a Wonder of the World. For Greeks and Romans Vesuvius was a fearsome sacred place. Spartacus launched his slave rebellion from its crater. The Enlightenment brought the serious study of the phenomenon of volcanic activity. Its famous visitors included Goethe and Mozart, Byron and the Shelleys, Madame de Stael and Lady Hamilton. Painters popular and serious (from Wright of Derby to Andy Warhol) made its exploding or dormant outline an instantly recognisable icon. Vesuvius has remained a focus for tourism and modern life. At the last big eruption in 1944 the Allied forces assumed they were witnessing the detonation of an immense bomb. Rampant modern development means that millions could be at risk when it next erupts. As Dickens said, Vesuvius is 'the genius of the scene...biding its terrible time'.

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    The Most Famous Volcano in the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gillian Darley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 401 g
    ISBN 13: 9781846683176
    ISBN 10: 1846683173

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
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    Libri: ENGM4530
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS020000, SOC002010, SCI082000
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    DC22: 945.73
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    Illustrations note
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Profile Books Ltd
    Publication date
    12 May 2011
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    Author Information
    Gillian Darley writes widely in the arts media, mostly about architecture and landscape. She is the author of two acclaimed biographies, both shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography - of John Evelyn and John Soane. She lives in London.