Vesuvius

Vesuvius 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

  • Title: Vesuvius
  • Author: Gillian Darley
  • ISBN: 9780674052857
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 tVolcanoes 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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    1. I picked up this pocket compendium on all things Vesuvian so I would have mildly interesting reading matter while waiting for Metro trains and buses. I had visited the area in 1997 to see the effects of the eruption in 79 AD that buried Pompeii and Herculanum. This book told me much more about that famous eruption, and all subsequent eruptions, including the equally famous 1944 eruption during the Allied invasion of Italy. The book describes in detail the scientists and others who came to Naples [...]

    2. blurb - Dormant since 1944, but still a potential threat to those who live at its foot, Vesuvius is the only active volcano on the European mainland. In AD 79 thousands perished whilst fleeing the lava's path, hit by what is known as a pyroclastic surge, during which a hurtling jet of gas, carrying along the detritus of the eruption, at immense speed and horrifyingly high temperatures simply incinerated everything in its path. It was, in effect, a horizontal H-bomb and thousands perished. Amongs [...]

    3. Four stars or three. Can't decide. This book is just packed with information -- much of it of great interest -- and many suggestions for further reading. It's hard to fault Darley. She's a good writer and is amazingly thorough. But the truth is that I got bogged down in the details. It just felt like too much. At times, I slowed my pace and enjoyed it. At other times, I was tempted to skim along. I did like it and learned a lot. I read this in preparation for an ascent of Vesuvius, coming up in [...]

    4. This book is generally readable and certainly informative but I was distracted by some odd turns of phrase (for example an overuse and sometimes misuse of the word 'ironically') and odd claims (Alma-Tadema a "hyperrealist"?)

    5. darley has an excellently readable style and covers all the major ground from literary to historical to trivial information on vesuvius. she most brilliantly captures the crazes and souvenirs that grow up around european fascination with the site and vulcanology in general. a quick and lovely read, something i would probably go back to if i had a chance to visit naples.

    6. Another kindle bargain. An occasionally slow read but generally interesting - who knew volcano's could be so instumental in the beginnings of the travel industry.

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