Watching Vesuvius: A History of Science and Culture in Early Modern Italy

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Mount Vesuvius has been famous ever since its eruption in 79 CE, when it destroyed and buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. But less well-known is the role it played in the science and culture of early modern Italy, as Sean Cocco reveals in this ambitious and wide-ranging study. Humanists began to make pilgrimages to Vesuvius during the early Renaissance to experience its beauty and study its history, but a new tradition of observation emerged in 1631 with the first great eruption of the modern period. ...

Watching Vesuvius: A History of Science and Culture in Early Modern Italy 2012, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226923710

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