Vesuvius
12%
off

Vesuvius

3.54 (31 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Volcanoes 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.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 110 x 178 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • 0674503775
  • 9780674503779

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" (03/02/2012) 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.-- (06/11/2012) It's brave to write a longue dur e history of anything, and here it has been done magnificently. There was much in every part that was new to me.--Martin Rudwick, author of Bursting the Limits of Time The terrifying meditations on our own mortality are compensated by the vivid lives that have unfolded for so many centuries on the mountain's slopes (most of them lives in which Vesuvius has been threatening but not fatal). As a book, Vesuvius promises to be just about irresistible.--Ingrid Rowland, University of Notre Dame
show more

About Gillian Darley

Gillian Darley is a writer, broadcaster, and architectural journalist.
show more

Rating details

31 ratings
3.54 out of 5 stars
5 10% (3)
4 42% (13)
3 42% (13)
2 6% (2)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X