The Eclectic Pythagorean

“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres. ” -Pythagoras

In search of Western civilisation’s lost classics

Posted by The Eclectic Pythagorean on October 25, 2008

I came across this article & thought I’d share it. The possibilities of what texts may surface, I find to be intriguing

The unique library of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum, buried beneath lava by Vesuvius’s eruption in AD79, is slowly revealing its long-held secrets

STORED in a sky-lit reading room on the top floor of the Biblioteca Nazionale in Naples are the charred remains of the only library to survive from classical antiquity. The ancient world’s other great book collections — at Athens, Alexandria and Rome — all perished in the chaos of the centuries. But the library of the Villa of the Papyri was conserved, paradoxically, by an act of destruction.

Lying to the northwest of ancient Herculaneum, this sumptuous seaside mansion was buried beneath 30m of petrified volcanic mud during the catastrophic eruption of Mt Vesuvius on August 24, AD79. Antiquities hunters in the mid-18th century sunk shafts and dug tunnels around Herculaneum and found the villa, surfacing with a magnificent booty of bronzes and marbles. Most of these, including a svelte seated Hermes modelled in the manner of Lyssipus, now grace the National Archeological Museum in Naples.

The excavators also found what they took to be chunks of coal deep inside the villa, and set them alight to illuminate their passage underground. Only when they noticed how many torches had solidified around an umbilicus — a core of wood or bone to which the roll was attached — did the true nature of the find become apparent. Here was a trove of ancient texts, carbonised by the heat surge of the eruption. About 1800 were eventually retrieved.

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2 Responses to “In search of Western civilisation’s lost classics”

  1. Wow! Great great blog. Almost the one I wanted to have! 🙂
    You got a link among my most selected ones. It’s gonna be a lot of copy-paste and stealing ??? (oh….).
    One question, could you please tell me how exactly did you do to have the categories apart from the subcathegoies.

    I have been striding with these features up to the point of getting mad. Hours of lost work.
    I started by wanting few categories and then lots of tags, with the detail. For instance music categorie and then Chopin, and then Berceuse…

    Of course it doesn’t work because they have a very limited amount of tags that we can have. So I dont understand what really is the point of tags versus cathegories, they seem to be about the same thing.

    Imagine I need to go post by post yet to get things good. It’s gonna be weeks. Anyway, you have it as I tryed, but did not suceed.

    When you want to choose your cathegory when you are posting , dont you have a very small window in which it is mad to choose if I have lots of them?

    Can you please help me in a way how to have that, example:
    Music
    Chopin
    Berceuse

    They have a maximum of 42 tags, I think. So, I can’t even have “Chopin” as a tag

    Sorry for the long coment!

    Regards and once more, congratulations with your wonderful site.

  2. Wishing strenght to your wife, and … “as melhoras!” = may she get better!

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