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It shows frescoes, mosaics, vases, statues and objects from everyday life in a Roman city of the 1 st Century.
Because in Pompeii rich houses that can be compared to mansions had tap water, bathrooms and sewers. Their civilization crumbled and disappeared within a few centuries and lots of their techniques were lost.
I understand that the Christian societies fought against the ancient beliefs. It makes me think about our civilization. Could it fall apart that easily? I guess it could. Apart from the beautiful and so modern objects, the public could also see moldings of humans and dogs.
In , Giuseppe Fiorelli managed to pour plaster into the cavities left in the lava ashes by disintegrated bodies. We see the shapes of these men and dogs during their last moment, writhing with agony. But this is totally different. They died. I stared for a while, unable to move, knowing I was gazing at the negative of people who had died in a catastrophe in I had to read it.
Three friends, Fabio, Max and Octavien visit a museum in Napoli. Among the vestiges from Pompeii, Octavien comes across a molding of a beautiful woman.
He feels a connection with her and stays there, bewitched and upset. The three friends go to Pompeii, visit the site with a guide and come back to their lodgings. Sleepless, Octavien decides to pay a nightly visit to Pompeii. He goes to the theatre, hears Latin spoken as a living language, watches a play by Plautus, walks in the street and finds the woman from the museum.
Octavien has a Roman name, which reinforces the feeling he can only be connected to this ancient civilization. The usual French name is more Octave than Octavien. I was there. They learnt Latin, knew the writers and the history.
But still, he captures the feeling we have when we visit old places, the conscience that men long times gone used to live there. Too pompous. So here we have a man captivated by mouldings as the man in Gabrielle de Bergerac is captivated by a painting.
Like Like. The dog was even more moving than the humans. And the 20thC had been rife with massacres of all sorts But the dog, caught in pain during his last breath, that was difficult. Gautier has written one of my favourite French books, Le roman de la momie.
I loved it. Of course, the dog got to me more than anything else. Yes, you are right, of course. I often mix them up. Some feelings and flirting techniques are timeless. And classic theatre. Here in Lyon or in Vienne, you can attend to shows in the ancient amphitheatre. Very moving. Excellent acoustic. I read Spirite by Gautier and really loved it.
I wish I could recall the title! I must look it up. The exhibit of the dead bodies is absolutely heartbreaking. The vampire story would be La Mort amoureuse. Oh no, my TBR is growing again! The first time I visited Herculaneum I remember the strangeness of it my first visit to Pompeii was a disappointment as the guides back then wanted bribes to let you see stuff. We all know that what we know will be lost in dust, but to see it so literally.
If you know them, the band Souxie and the Banshees have a song called Cities in Dust which is about Pompeii. The lead singer visited, and was struck by that strangeness that we felt. Being a singer she put it into song. I remember your review and you convinced me to try him again. His evocation of Pompeii is eerie — a lot of the stories have that trick, people slipping between times and states. Possibly not the most holistic representations of the Roman contribution to human history.
Thanks, I should help Max finding it. About Rome. Nothing too spectacular but he brings you back in time.
Saylor is fascinating, he manages to ally depth of characters and accurate historical fiction. Let me know what you thought about him. Saylor is very good on setting. The plot stops, the story stops, because this is so important to the protagonist that he puts everything aside for it. I loved that, and in fact that whole chapter. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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It produces a strange impression to penetrate thus into the life of antiquity, and to walk in patent-leather boots upon the marble pavement worn by the sandals and cothurns of the contemporaries of Augutus and Tiberius. Like this: Like Loading Comments 18 Trackbacks 0 Leave a comment Trackback. Guy Savage. Max Cairnduff. Steven Saylor is excellent. I absolutely second that recommendation. I wonder if this is available in English. Thanks for the review.
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