Pompeii’s Ashes. The Reception of the Cities Buried by Vesuvius in Literature, Music, and Drama.
March 2015 is the launch of Eric Moormann’s new work of literature, Pompeii’s Ashes. Although many novels have been written on Pompeii and Herculaneum, none of them can be compared to Moormann’s study.
In this book, the author encompasses the entire spectrum of material related to the reception of Pompeii in popular imagination. Pompeii’s Ashes studies an extensive variety of documents, from travelogues between 1740 and 2010 to fictions, stage works, music a and films.
The work focuses on the many ways Pompeii and Herculaneum feature in fiction, drama, music, and cinema and shows how interest in the oldest running archaeological projects in the world continue until now. It begins with in-depth analysis of the excavation history and an overview of the reflections of travelers.
The novel continues with discussions of travelers’ reports and their depiction in historical novels, contemporary and time traveling adventures, and works dedicated to Vesuvius.
“Pompeii’s Ashes” demonstrates how the eternal fascination with the oldest still-running archaeological projects in the world began, developed, and will continue forever.
I From Treasure Hunting to Archaeological Dig. History of the Excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii
II Travelers to the Vesuvian Cities
III Pagan Pompeii in Fiction
IV Jews and Christians in Pompeii Novels
V Modern and Contemporary Visits to Pompeii in Fiction: A Perilous Affair
VI Time Traveling to Ancient Pompeii
VII Real and Fictional Manuscripts from Pompeii and Herculaneum
VIII Pompeii on Stage and Screen
IX Herculaneum Under Vesuvius
X Intimations of Pompeii: By Way of Envoy