Ingrid D. Rowland: From Pompeii

Aside from the history of Pompeii s rediscovery and how the locals in Naples hold off eruptions with vials of saint s blood the best chapters were on Renoir s travels and his rediscovery of classical style found in the frescos housed in Naples New old objects of his study include nudes with Titian style floating hair to onions he saw in Naples taken from a Pompeii wall The author has many blackwhite photos in the book that were easily found online in color and high res Great fun looking at at it all A fascinating character was Bartolo Longo who was the estate manager for a local aristocrat and found the modern day 1872 inhabitants living in abject poverty He worked tirelessly to drain malarial swamps establish housing and schools and organized the local work force with jobs that established a vital economy supporting tourism and cameo carving in old Pompeii I highly recommend it One of my great joys in life is browsing the stacks at the library I have come pon so many good reads by happenstance It s even better than going to a bookstore not only because you can take the books home for free but also because libraries do not have to stock their shelves in accordance with commercial concerns Those little gems of books that might have trouble paying for their shelf space at BN can rest easy in the stacks knowing that they are there for any happy patron who comes across them I was recently excited to find From Pompeii The Afterlife of a Roman Town at our local library It has given me several hours of discovery and delightI have always had deep interest in the story of Pompei. When Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE the force of the explosion blew the top right off the mountain burying nearby Pompeii in a shower of volcanic ash Ironically the calamity that proved so lethal for Pompeii's inhabitants preserved the city for centuries leaving behind a snapshot of Roman daily life that has captured the imagination of generationsThe experience of Pompeii always reflects a particular time and sensibility says Ingrid Rowland From Pompeii The Afterlife of a Roman Town explores the fascinating.

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I in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius rained fiery hell down The Missing Heir upon the idyllic resort town and buried her in his pyroclastic rage I ve always been mildly surprised to find out that others do not share my intense fascination with the story Really It is not the most gripping drama you ve ever imagined HmmIngrid D Rowland gets it though And as she proves with her eclectic and comprehensive collection of reactions to and inspirations derived from the ghastly tale of Pompeii many others have gotten it over the intervening two millennia as well What is sotterly captivating about this book is how it weaves together so many different people s stories from such various eras who have such wide ranging artistic scientific literary archeological and philosophical reactions to what they see in Pompeii into a coherent whole From the earliest amateur geologists who charted movements of great Vesuvius in the 17th century while nknowingly skirting the edges of the buried city to the first excavation attempts a century later from the impressions of Leopold Mozart and his gifted son who toured the ruins to the Russian artist who made his fortune depicting the city s last harrowing moments from writers Twain and Dickens to film makers Bergman and Rossellini from the last emperor of Japan to an American First Family Ms Rowland shows time and again how this region this story this monument of nature s blind fury and mankind s tenacity continues to enchant enthrall and horrify everyone who comes into contact with itWhy Why is the reaction so visceral so immediate so full of pity and heartbreak for pla. Variety of these different experiences as described by the artists writers actors and others who have toured the excavated site The city's houses temples gardens and traces of Vesuvius's human victims have elicited responses ranging from awe to embarrassment with shifting cultural tastes playing an important role The erotic frescoes that appalled eighteenth century viewers inspired Renoir to change the way he painted For Freud visiting Pompeii was as therapeutic as a session of psychoanalysis Crown Prin.

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Ster casts of men women children and animals who died so long ago Ms Rowland does as fine a job of answering that as anyone could I think when she writes Regardless of our beliefs about God San Gennaro nature and fate Vesuvius inexorably confronts s with our own mortality Pompeii the volcano s ancient victim seizes our imagination both because it was so alive p ntil the moment the mountain exploded and because that place so intensely so intricately living could be gone in a flash Its relatively brief life as a bustling town was by its sudden and complete destruction made forever a part of our consciousness much like the greatest saddest stories of mythology were placed by the gods into the stars to be read forever Pompeii non mortua est sed aeterna Pleasant but a bit disjointed I loved this although I read it over a long period of time It jumps about and it isn t at all about life in the ancient town of Pompeii Instead Rowland one of the great accumulative historians of our time talks about everything from the interests of many excavations the later volcanic eruptions neighborhoods in Naples how the Sanctuary of modern Pompeii was achieved how cameos are carved a short chapter Jenn don t get excited and what will happen if Vesuvius blows Not Our Kind up again I am in awe of Ingrid Rowland and can read anything she writes because she links so much together of my various Italian interests A very good account of different people whose experience in Pompeii and around was important not just the obvious ones like Bryullov but also Mozart the guy who had built a modern town near the ex. Ce Hirohito arriving in the Bay of Naples by battleship found Pompeii interesting but Vesuvius to his eyes was just angly version of Mount Fuji Rowland treats readers to the distinctive often irky responses of visitors ranging from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Charles Dickens and Mark Twain to Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid BergmanInterwoven throughout a narrative lush with detail and insight is the thread of Rowland's own impressions of Pompeii where she has returned many times since first visiting in 196.

Ingrid Drake Rowland is a professor at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture She is a freuent contributor to The New York Review of Books Based in Rome Rowland writes about Italian art architecture history and many other topics for The New York Review of Books She is the author of the books Giordano Bruno PhilospherHeretic Farrar Straus and Giroux 2008; The Place of the