Pompeii: Its History, Buildings, and Antiquities ; an Account of the Destruction of the City with a Full Description of the Remains, and of the Recent Excavations, and Also an Itinerary for Visitors

Thomas Henry Dyer
Bell & Daldy, 1867 - 579 Seiten

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Seite 37 - Bassus, who was in the utmost alarm at the imminent danger which threatened her, — for her villa being situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, there was no way to escape but by sea; she earnestly entreated him, therefore, to come to her assistance. He accordingly changed his first design, and what he began with a philosophical, he pursued with an heroical, turn of mind.
Seite 36 - YOUR request that I would send you an account of my uncle's death, in order to transmit a more exact relation of it to posterity, deserves my acknowledgments ; for, if this accident shall be celebrated by your pen, the glory of it, I am well assured, will be rendered forever illustrious.
Seite 41 - ... though upon the most level ground, that we could not keep them steady, even by supporting ' them with large stones. The sea seemed to roll back upon itself, and to be driven from its banks by the convulsive motion of the earth ; it is certain at least the shore was considerably enlarged, and several sea animals were left upon it.
Seite 39 - As soon as it was light again, which was not till the third day after this melancholy accident, his body was found entire, and without any marks of violence upon it, exactly in the same posture that he fell, and looking more like a man asleep than dead.
Seite 39 - ... dispersed the rest of the" company, and obliged him to rise. He raised himself up with the assistance of two of his servants, and instantly fell down dead; suffocated, as I conjecture, by some gross and noxious vapour, having always had weak lungs, and frequently subjected to a difficulty of breathing.
Seite 42 - At length a glimmering light appeared, which we imagined to be rather the forerunner of an approaching burst of flames, as in truth it was, than the return of day. However, the fire fell at a distance from us : then again we were immersed in thick darkness, and a heavy shower of ashes rained upon us, which we were obliged every now and then to shake off, otherwise we should have been crushed and buried in the heap.
Seite 10 - Before proceeding with an account of its contents, it will not be out of place to give a short description of the MS. volume in which it is now found, especially as the account given of that volume in the late Mr. WWE Wynne's "Catalogue of Hengwrt MSS. at Peniarth" (Arelurologia Cambrensis, Third Series, vol.
Seite 42 - At last this dreadful darkness was dissipated by degrees like a cloud of smoke ; the real day returned, and even the sun appeared, though very faintly, and as when an eclipse is coming on. Every object that presented itself to our eyes (which were extremely weakened) seemed changed, being covered over with white ashes as with a deep snow.
Seite 38 - But my uncle in order to soothe the apprehensions of his friend assured him it was only the burning of the villages, which the country people had abandoned to the flames; after this he retired to rest, and it is most certain he was so little discomposed as to fall into a deep sleep, for being pretty fat and breathing hard, those who attended without actually heard him snore.
Seite 38 - When hastening to the place from whence others fled with the utmost terror, he steered his direct course to the point of danger, and with so .much calmness and presence of mind, as to be able to make and dictate his observations upon the motion and figure of that dreadful scene.

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