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Watching Vesuvius : a history of science and culture in early modern Italy, Sean Cocco

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Watching Vesuvius : a history of science and culture in early modern Italy
Title
Watching Vesuvius
Title remainder
a history of science and culture in early modern Italy
Statement of responsibility
Sean Cocco
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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. Seeking to understand the volcano’s place in the larger system of nature, Neapolitans flocked to Vesuvius to examine volcanic phenomena and to collect floral and mineral specimens from the mountainside. In Watching Vesuvius, Cocco argues that this investigation and engagement with Vesuvius was paramount to the development of modern volcanology. He then situates the native experience of Vesuvius in a larger intellectual, cultural, and political context and explains how later eighteenth-century representations of Naples - of its climate and character - grew out of this tradition of natural history. Painting a rich and detailed portrait of Vesuvius and those living in its shadow, Cocco returns the historic volcano to its place in a broader European culture of science, travel, and appreciation of the natural world. --
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Cocco, Sean
Dewey number
551.21094573
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Volcanism
  • Volcanism
  • Vesuvius (Italy)
  • Vesuvius (Italy)
  • Vesuvius (Italy)
  • Naples (Italy)
  • Naples (Italy)
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Watching Vesuvius : a history of science and culture in early modern Italy, Sean Cocco
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-305) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Vesuvius in the view South -- Approaches : humanists, naturalists, and Vesuvius in the late Renaissance -- Marvelous excesses : the eruption of 1631 -- Histories of ignition : from historia to causa -- Contesting Vesuvius : discordant meanings in the context of revolt -- On the face of this earth : Vesuvius and its kind -- Watching and philosophizing : from controversy to cosmopolitanism -- Formed by explosion : geology in the Neapolitan picturesque -- Conclusion: Returns to the past
Control code
ocn783150352
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 322 pages
Isbn
9780226923710
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)783150352
Label
Watching Vesuvius : a history of science and culture in early modern Italy, Sean Cocco
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Vesuvius in the view South -- Approaches : humanists, naturalists, and Vesuvius in the late Renaissance -- Marvelous excesses : the eruption of 1631 -- Histories of ignition : from historia to causa -- Contesting Vesuvius : discordant meanings in the context of revolt -- On the face of this earth : Vesuvius and its kind -- Watching and philosophizing : from controversy to cosmopolitanism -- Formed by explosion : geology in the Neapolitan picturesque -- Conclusion: Returns to the past
Control code
ocn783150352
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 322 pages
Isbn
9780226923710
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)783150352

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