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The Daily Volcano Quote: Pompeii built to last 22 April 2009

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Pompeii had wine, grain, wool, metalwork, olive oil, an air of thrusting prosperity, and ten smart watchtowers set in vigorous city walls.

‘A place that intends to last!’ One of my sharper remarks.

All right; I do know what happened at Pompeii — but this was eight years before Mount Vesuvius exploded. Any student of natural science who did notice that their local mountain was shaped like a volcano deduced it was extinct. Meanwhile, the Pompeian playboys believed in art, Isis, Campanian gladiators, and ready cash to purchase gorgeous women; few of the flashy bastards were great readers of natural science.

Lindsay Davies, Shadows in Bronze (London: Arrow, 1992), p. 105.

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