Ghosts of Vesuvius: A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii (Hardback)
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Short Description for Ghosts of Vesuvius By using the latest in 'forensic archaeology' researchers have been able to piece together long-buried stories which presents a wealth of new knowledge about the doomed towns, Pompeii & Herculaneum, the people, their last moments and the aftermath. Lessons learned from this modern scrutiny produce disturbing echoes in the present.
- Published: 01 August 2004
- Format: Hardback 489 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780380973101 ISBN 10: 0380973103
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The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, which obliterated the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, was a disaster that resounds to this day. Now, paleontologist Charles Pellegrino, author of the New York Times bestseller Her Name, Titanic, presents a wealth of new knowledge about the doomed towns -- the people, their last moments, and the aftermath. By employing the latest in " forensic archaeology" researchers have been able to piece together long-buried stories, including that of wealthy abolitionists (sometimes called Christians) who were supporting a slave girl named Justa against her former master; they have discovered evidence of a thriving " middle class, " which lived in houses with iron supports, concrete walls, sliding glass doors, and sanitary facilities; they have learned that these Roman citizens, whose medical technology included antibiotics, had a life expectancy not achieved again until the mid-1950s. The lessons learned from modern scrutiny of that ancient eruption produce disturbing echoes in the present. For the strange physics of volcanic " downblast" and " collapse column" were at play in the 9-11 World Trade Center disaster. Dr. Pellegrino, who worked at Ground Zero in the attack' s aftermath, shares his unique knowledge of these forces, drawing a direct link from past to present, and providing readers with a poignant glimpse into the last moments of our " American Vesuvius."