In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Cultural History of Naples
By: Jordan Lancaster (author)Paperback
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Naples is an Italian city like no other. Drama and darkness are often associated with the city, which rests beneath active Mount Vesuvius and is the home of the Camorra - its version of the mafia. But beyond this, Naples reveals itself to be one of the most historically and culturally vibrant cities in Europe. From its origins in Homer's "Odyssey" and its founding nearly 3,000 years ago, Naples has long attracted travellers, artists and foreign rulers - from the visitors of the Grand Tour to Goethe, Nelson, Dickens and Neruda. The stunning beauty of its natural setting coupled with the charms of its colourful past and lively present - from the ruins of Pompeii to the glittering performances of the San Carlo opera house - continue to seduce all those who explore Naples today. "In the Shadow of Vesuvius" is a sparkling portrait of the city - the definitive companion for anyone seeking to delve beneath its surface.
Jordan Lancaster has studied at the universities of Cambridge and Bologna and holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto. She taught Italian language and literature at universities in Canada and the United States before moving to Naples where she was a post doctoral fellow at the Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici. Dr Lancaster now works as a translator/interpreter in the City of London.
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