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The Library of the Villa Dei Papiri at Herculaneum

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The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii in A.D. 79 also buried nearby Herculaneum. Over time the location of the small town was forgotten. Shortly after its rediscovery in the 1730s, excavations--more likely treasure hunts--were organized that unearthed ancient sculptures that had survived the disaster. The richest finds were from a villa that came to be called the Villa dei Papiri, because it also yielded upward of a thousand papyrus rolls--the only library ever to have been recovered from the classical world. ...

The Library of the Villa Dei Papiri at Herculaneum 2005, J. Paul Getty Trust Publications, Los Angeles, CA

ISBN-13: 9780892367993

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