Preserved in Time
Andrew Curry on Pompeii.
THE FIRES OF VESUVIUS:
By Mary Beard.
Harvard Univ. Press. 304 pp. $26.95
On a summer day 1,930years ago, Italy’s Mount Vesuvius erupted, overwhelming the town of Pompeii and its inhabitants within minutes in a flood of superheated gas and volcanic ash. Since the 1700s, when the town’s...