The Last Days of Pompeii Author:Sir Edward G.E. Bulwer-Lytton Blessed with an incomparable Mediterranean Climate, world famous for it's wine, arts, and culture, and situated on the scenic slopes of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii was a favorite luxury resort of wealthy Romans in the year 79 A.D.. Here was a city with every convenience of Roman civilization, supported by an industrious native population and enterpr... more »ising immigrants from all parts of the southern Empire. Here every diety was worshipped, every trade flourished, every vice was practiced.
Suddenly Vesuvius, dormant for over 1,000 years erupted. Choking ash blotted out the sun, and burning lava flowed in the streets. Within three days, glorious Pompeii lay buried beneath 23 feet of volcanic waste.
In what is recognized as one of the most penetrating views of Roman life, Sir Edward Bulward-Lytton makes Pompeii live again; showing its gardens and temples, its wealthy and its poor, its banquets, orgies, and brutal gladiatoral combats. This vivid tapestry is the background for the exciting story of the lovers Glaucus and Ione, of the devoted slave Nydia, Arbaces, the wicked Egyptian priest, and a host of other characters who play their parts in a great human drama, unaware of the catastrophe that is about to consume them.
The Last Days of Pompeii is a book that captures the imagination. For nearly a century and a half it has enthralled readers with its appealing romance, meticulous scholarship, lively action and spellbinding evocation of a glittering, decadent era.« less