Critical Account of the Situation and Destruction by the First Eruptions of Mount Vesuvius of Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Stabia: The Late Discovery of Their Remains, the Subterraneous Works Carried on in Them, and the Books, Domestick Utensils, and Other Remarkable Greek and Roman Antiquities Thereby Happily Recovered, the Form and Connection of the Ancient Characters Being Faithfully Preserved

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T. Carnan and F. Newbery, jun., 1771 - Excavations (Archaeology) - 125 pages

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Page 82 - This reed, the Cyperus papyrus of Linnaeus, commonly called " the Egyptian reed," was of the greatest use to the inhabitants of the country where it grew ; the pith contained in the stock served them for food, and the woody part to build vessels with, which vessels are to be seen on the engraven stones and other monuments of Egyptian antiquity.
Page iv - Greece, and contained the mod finished and moft pcrfedt works in painting, ftatuary, and engraving of feals ; works that will ever be the admiration of mankind, and are worthy of being tranfmitted as models to be carefully ftudied by the artifts of all future ages, wherever there is a defire of carrying the arts to the utmoft perfection.
Page 22 - ... but by it. Here an inscription was found containing the name of Herculaneum, which, by giving room to guess what place they had hit upon, determined his majesty to proceed further. The direction of this work was given to a Spanish engineer, called Roch Joachim Alcubierre, who had followed his majesty to Naples, and is now colonel, and chief of the body of engineers at Naples. This man, who, (to use the Italian proverb,) knew as much of antiquities as the moon does of lobsters, has been, through...
Page 63 - The brims were curjoufly incrufted with a foliage compofed of copper, braCs, and filver. The bottom confifted of a. very fubftantial iron grate, lined with brickwork,, work, as well above as below, fo that the coals could neither touch the upper part of the grate, nor fall down through the lower. But this curious piece was found all in pieces. I muft likewife reckon, amongft the neceffary...
Page 60 - Herculaneum ufed to put on their vefiels the name of Nonius their pretor, juft as the Romans did the names of their confuls. It was, till lately, the cuftom in this country to bury earthen veffels filled with wine, at the birth of every child, not to be taken up till its marriage. The...
Page 38 - ... and as beautiful as if they had been, done by the hands of the Graces. The paintings worthy of being placed in the next, or even the...
Page i - Stabia, The city of Herculanium, firft fuffered by an earthquake, which happened on the 5th of February, in the year 63, and continued to wafte the neighbouring country during many days. Pompeii was entirely fwallowed up, great part of Herculaneum was reduced to ruin, and the reft fo fhattered that it muft have fallen, had it not been repaired after the people had recovered from their fright.
Page ii - Uncommon heats, and many (hocks of an earthquake, had been felt for fome days, accompanied with a noife like thunder, not only in the air, but under the ground, and upon the fea. This noife, which feemed to be the groan of Nature...
Page ii - The/e were i ollowed by a ftream of fire which fpread like a ifheet, and a thick fmoke, which totally intercepted the light of Heaven, and produced an unnatural night of tremendous darknefs, which the flames of the Volcano in a manner rendered vifible. With the fire...

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