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The Last Days of Pompeii [Illustrated] - Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Last Days of Pompeii [Illustrated]
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The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834. It is the story of the people of the Roman city of Pompeii in the days leading up to the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.The novel uses its characters... show more
The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834. It is the story of the people of the Roman city of Pompeii in the days leading up to the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.The novel uses its characters to contrast the decadent culture of first-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends. The protagonist, Glaucus, represents the Greeks who have been subordinated by Rome, and his nemesis Arbaces the still older culture of Egypt. Olinthus is the chief representative of the nascent Christian religion, which is presented favorably but not uncritically. The Witch of Vesuvius, though she has no supernatural powers, shows Bulwer-Lytton's interest in the occult.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B001B3UKVO
Pages no: 376
Edition language: English
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StaceyHH
StaceyHH rated it
I read this perhaps 25 years ago, but just downloaded a copy, not remembering that I'm already familiar with it. The opening lines reminded me. Of course, being so long ago, I don't remember a lot about the reading (good reason to revisit the book,) but it did make quite an impression on me. Since I...
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