Ghosts of Vesuvius

Ghosts of Vesuvius

A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections

Book - 2004
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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 ⥯rensic archaeology⟲esearchers 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 ⬩ddle class,⟷hich 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 ⣯wnblast⟡nd ⢯llapse column⟷ere 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 ‭erican Vesuvius."

Publisher: New York, NY : Morrow : 2004
ISBN: 9780380973101
Branch Call Number: 937.7 P364g
Characteristics: 489p illus


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ChristchurchLib Sep 03, 2014

When Mt. Vesuvius destroyed the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, people had little understanding of volcanoes. The doomed citizens went about their business until they succumbed to the eruption's rain of hot ash and gasses. Since then, scientists have learned much more about volcanoes and the causes of other catastrophes - such as the collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Keeping the Vesuvius disaster as his focal point, author Charles Pellegrino engagingly discusses the science of various catastrophes and identifies information that could prove helpful in preventing or recovering from future disasters. "A compelling fusion of pioneering science and poignant reflection," declares Booklist in a starred review. History and Current Events newsletter September 2014.

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