At the time of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 the Roman fleet under the command of Pliny the Elder was stationed across the Bay of Naples at Misenum. Pliny was a scientist, a historian and a naturalist and he felt the need to get closer to observe the phenomenon of the eruption. HeContinue reading “Pliny the Younger, the eye witness of the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius in 79AD”
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According to the mythology Misenum was named after Misenus, a companion of Hector and trumpeter on the Aeneas ship as recounted in Virgil’s poem. Cape Miseno is the headland that marks the northwestern limit of the Gulf of Naples as well as the Bay of Pozzuoli in southern Italy. The cape is directly across fromContinue reading “Cape Misenum, the Rome foremost military port”
The statue represents the spear-bearer. This statue is located at the Archaeological Museum of Naples and it is one of the best copies we receive from history. T he original statue was executed in bronze by Polykleitos around 440 BC with the purpose to represent the ideal of harmony of the greek man, kalòs KaiContinue reading “The Doryphoros of Polykleitos at the Archaeological Museum of Naples”
The Latin word chart, from the Greek χαρτης describes a sheet made by juxtaposing and stacking thin layers made from the papyrus stem. The papyrus was common in swampy areas and warm climates. The romans perfected the process for treating it, which the Egyptians used as early as 3000 BC, described by Pliny the Elder.Continue reading “The papyrus”