Soul of Things; Or, Psychometric Researches and Discoveries Volume 1

Soul of Things; Or, Psychometric Researches and Discoveries Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...ones walked. I can see some of those with vehicles, ahead of that crowd I saw with the other specimen; they are driving with all speed, apparently to return againf I see some covered vehicles among them, but they look strange." Pompeii was a city in Italy, situated on the river Sarnus, near the Bay of Naples, and, unfortunately for its inhabitants, within a short distance of Vesuvius. All the neighboring heights were crowned with villas, and the loveliness of the whole region, favored by nature and adorned by art, was unsurpassed. In A. D. 63, an earthquake threw down part of the city. From time to time, smaller shocks occurred, un til, on the 23d of August, A. D. 79, Vesuvius awoke from the slumber of ages, and poured out rocks, ashes and dust, that buried the city and surrounding country. The contrast between its previous and subsequent condition is thus given us by Martial: --" Here verdant vines o'erspread Vesuvius' sides; The generous grape here poured her purple tides. This Bacchus loved beyond his native scene; Here dancing satyrs joyed to trip the green. Far more than Sparta this in Venus' grace; And great Alcides once renowned the place: Now flaming embers spread dire waste around, And gods regret that gods can thus_confound." The younger Pliny, who was an eye-witness of the eruption that destroyed the city, gives us a very interesting narrative of it, many portions of which corroborate the statements made during the preceding examination. He tells us that a cloud was seen to ascend from Mount Vesuvius, of very unusual size and shape. "I cannot give a more exact description of its figure, than by resembling it to that of a pine tree, for it shot 'up a great height in the form of a trunk, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854527
  • 9781236854520