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Page 25 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 3

Moir, Ethel, 1918, Document
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Page 25 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 3
Page 25 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 3
Page 25 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 3
Page 25 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 3
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Page 25 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 3
towers mighty Vesuvius, smouldering & smoking away. We went thru' the residential part of the town, past lovely summer villas
with glorious gardens & grounds & everywhere heavily laden orange & lemon trees & sweet smelling, brilliant-hued flowering shrubs. Pompeii stands up v. high, with magnificent "views" on all sides. The ruins are fascinating, such wonderful excavations.
It was once a prosperous, provincial town, all the nobility of Naples residing there in summer. The first eruption is said to have taken place 63 A.D. Then the town was started to be re-built & had not long been completed when it was overtaken by the terrible & final catastrophe of Aug: 79 A.D. The whole number of inhabitants who perished, is said to be 2000 - all perished in one single night. The town was completely buried by the catastrophe & was entirely lost to view. During the middle ages, Pompeii was still unknown, it was only in 1748 the first excavations were made & are still going on.
It is extraordinary to think, that in little more than 150 years so much has been discovered & found to be in such splendid
condition too - temples, houses, shops, Roman baths etc: etc: & to think , that it was all built in the beginning of A.D.! We wandered about the fine old ruins, along the narrow [?] streets, in & out, & as we wandered , I seemed to see the little "Blind Girl" in her loneliness & sadness feeling her way along with her stick & feel "The Last Days of Pompeii" to be a "living thing"!
The sun was setting, as we wended our way back to Naples.
20.4 x 19.0 cm
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection