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Author: Alan Lloyd
ISBN: 0285621831
Language: English
Pages: 224 pages
Category: Ancient Civilizations
Publisher: Intl Specialized Book Services; 1st edition (April 1, 1977)
Rating: 4.7
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Alan Richard Lloyd is an English writer born in 1927. He is most famous for his Kine Saga fantasy books for teenagers. He has also written adult fiction and non-fiction, most notably on the history of the British monarchy.

Alan Richard Lloyd is an English writer born in 1927. His adult work is published under the name Alan Lloyd whilst children's work is published under . Lloyd was born in London, and studied drawing and painting at the King Alan Richard Lloyd is an English writer born in 1927. He is most famous for his Kine Saga fantasy books for teenagers

Alive in the Last Days of Pompeii.

Alive in the Last Days of Pompeii.

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In Last Day of Pompeii, Bryullov used two different sources of light: the dramatic red light from the volcano and . On the left side of the painting there is a women staring right at the viewer

In Last Day of Pompeii, Bryullov used two different sources of light: the dramatic red light from the volcano and the cold greenish light coming from the sky, which adds even more emotional tension to the painting. These bright and deep colors also go beyond the classical tradition, which has led people to call Bryullov a romanticism artist in this case. On the left side of the painting there is a women staring right at the viewer. Behind her, there is an artist with a box of brushes and paints; this is the self-portrait of Karl Bryullov.

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Alan Lloyd's brand of popular history concentrates on the details and colour that make for engrossing reading, the skilful depiction of a seminal moment in history and, above all, a readable narrative. Pompeii's Secrets is an engrossing adventure novel, as well as a fascinating historical survey. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

The Last Day of Pompeii is a large history painting by Karl Bryullov produced in 1830–1833 on the subject of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It is notable for its positioning between Neoclassicism. It is notable for its positioning between Neoclassicism, the predominant style in Russia at the time, and Romanticism as increasingly practised in France. The painting was received to near universal acclaim and made Bryullov the first Russian painter to have an international reputation

Excavated Pompeii – a perfectly preserved city – makesa strong impression on its visitors. The emotional charge coming from Karl Briullov painting The Last Day of Pompeii can be still felt many years after its creation. To discover Russia with Alexey Gureev.

Excavated Pompeii – a perfectly preserved city – makesa strong impression on its visitors. The influence of the city and the related disaster did not escape Karl Briullov either, who visited Pompeii in 1827. The view of the ruins unwittingly made me travel back in time. K. Briullov.

Published by Souvenir Press Ltd (1975). ISBN 10: 0285621831 ISBN 13: 9780285621831.

Comments (2)
skriper
I consider an historical novel successful if it can bring another time to life while teaching me something about that era. The better it evokes everyday life, the more I like it. Pompeii's Secrets did a pretty good job for me. I have visited Pompeii, Herculaneum and other Vesuvian sites numerous times and studied the history of the 79 AD eruption, and both the physical settings and social aspects are generally well drawn in this novel. It should be noted, however, that this book was originally published 38 years ago, so it is missing some revelations from recent scholarship. For example, the group of victims found in the boat shed of Herculaneum is not mentioned, and the pyroclastic flow that finally doomed the last survivors in Pompeii seems to be missing. (Indeed, given the timing of that scalding blast, the narrator of the novel might not actually have survived to tell his tale.)

The first-person narrative is told using slightly stilted grammar and sometimes unusual vocabulary, the better, I suppose, to create an ancient and exotic charcter, Taras, a well-educated scribe from Parthia. He arrives several days before the fatal eruption and lives through it. He interacts with slaves and masters, harlots and high-born women, gladiators and priests. He visits places we can visit today in Pompeii, but here they are intact, populated with people and animals, redolent of odors and aromas now missing.

The rendering is not perfect. Sometimes it's a bit too obvious that we are being educated, and even more sensory descriptions would have been okay with me. But overall, the author has done well, building an entertaining narrative out of the disjointed facts and dry data found in typical sources. There are over 100 footnotes throughout the text which verify depictions in the tale with archeology or other text sources. These are not scholarly footnotes, but they point the inquisitive reader to other resources. There is also a postscript summary of Pompeii's history over the centuries since its burial, including additional eruption dates and a brief look at how Pompeii and Herculaneum were eventually rediscovered.

There are a number of what I assume are OCR conversion "typos" in the e-book but nothing disruptive. A series of black-and-white photos (many of plaster casts of eruption victims) are very poorly rendered in the e-book.
Kearanny
While the story is fiction, it must be based on known facts about Pompeii. It was a very interesting read for the summer. I learned much about theRoman culture of the first century.