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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 223.52 x 261.62 x 12.7mm | 385.55g
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • J Paul Getty Trust Publications,US
  • Santa Monica CA, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 16 detailed relief engravings
  • 0892369000
  • 9780892369003
  • 598,906

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

About Barry Moser

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