Pompeii Awakened: A Story of Rediscovery

Front Cover
I.B.Tauris, Jun 15, 2007 - History - 308 pages
1 Review
On that fateful day in AD 79 the city of Pompeii was lost, and in time its location, its inhabitants and even its name were buried and forgotten. Not until 1748 did it emerge from its layer of volcanic rock, and the impact of that discovery was immediate and far-reaching. The evocative story of Pompeii's awakening lies not just in its uniquely preserved classical remains but also in the powerful impact it made on Western cultural imagination. Judith Harris brings the doomed city vibrantly to life. In her rich account of those who sifted through its artefacts, we read of Nelson, Napoleon and Mussolini. Of poets who sought melancholy fulfilment from Pompeii's shattered walls. Of tub-thumping Victorian preachers who likened it to Sodom and Gomorrah. And of the many others -- engineers and architects, artists and filmmakers -- for whom the city has never ceased to resonate. Harris has delved into ancient diaries and descended deep underground to assess the latest excavations.  As the sleeping city re-awakens at her hands, Pompeii casts its spell once more, bewitching those who seek to unearth its buried secrets. Her website is: www.judith-harris.com
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Pompeii Awakened: A Story of Rediscovery

User Review  - Margaret Sankey - Goodreads

History not of the eruption and destruction, but the afterlife of the site as archeology (horrific 19th century archeology--can't read the words on a charred scroll? Soak it in mercury!), looting ... Read full review

Contents

The Plutocrats of Pompeii
9
Tunnels
25
Papyrus
44
Dynasty Neapolitan Style
62
The Moon and Crabs
79
Dirty and Other Pictures
110
Running from Revolution
125
Napoleons Family Affair
141
The baths from the film The Last Days of Pompeii
224
Mussolini at Pompeii 1940 with Amedeo Maiuri
226
The Library at the End of the Tunnel
231
Papyrologist deciphering papyrus scrolls from Herculaneum
233
John Paul Getty by Milton Gendel
250
Courtyard the Getty Museum at Malibu
253
Lost Again
255
Waxed tablet notebooks
259

A Dark and Stormy Marriage
157
Rebels Among the Ruins
173
Victorians in Togas
192
Pompeian strongbox engraving
211
Early 20thcentury postcard of Vesuvius
213
Nidia and Glauco from 1926 film The Last Days of Pompeii
223
Archaeologist excavating at Murecine
260
Silver dinnerware discovered at Murecine
261
Skeletons found at the ancient seashore Herculaneum
268
Notes
269
Select Bibliography
289
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Judith Harris has, for 25 years, conducted a weekly radio broadcast on Italian culture - especially archaeology - for the Italian national network, RAI. She has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and The New Republic.

Bibliographic information