Download Epub Format ✓ Pompeii PDF by ì Robert Harris With His Trademark Elegance And Intelligence Robert Harris Recreates A World On The Brink Of DisasterAll Along The Mediterranean Coast, The Roman Empire S Richest Citizens Are Relaxing In Their Luxurious Villas, Enjoying The Last Days Of Summer The World S Largest Navy Lies Peacefully At Anchor In Misenum The Tourists Are Spending Their Money In The Seaside Resorts Of Baiae, Herculaneum, And PompeiiBut The Carefree Lifestyle And Gorgeous Weather Belie An Impending Cataclysm, And Only One Man Is Worried The Young Engineer Marcus Attilius Primus Has Just Taken Charge Of The Aqua Augusta, The Enormous Aqueduct That Brings Fresh Water To A Quarter Of A Million People In Nine Towns Around The Bay Of Naples His Predecessor Has Disappeared Springs Are Failing For The First Time In Generations And Now There Is A Crisis On The Augusta S Sixty Mile Main Line Somewhere To The North Of Pompeii, On The Slopes Of Mount VesuviusAttilius Decent, Practical, And Incorruptible Promises Pliny, The Famous Scholar Who Commands The Navy, That He Can Repair The Aqueduct Before The Reservoir Runs Dry His Plan Is To Travel To Pompeii And Put Together An Expedition, Then Head Out To The Place Where He Believes The Fault Lies But Pompeii Proves To Be A Corrupt And Violent Town, And Attilius Soon Discovers That There Are Powerful Forces At Work Both Natural And Man Made Threatening To Destroy HimWith His Trademark Elegance And Intelligence, Robert Harris, Bestselling Author Of Archangel And Fatherland, Re Creates A World On The Brink Of Disaster
Pompeii demolished in the world s most famous volcanic eruption in A.
D 79 killing thousands at the apex of the Roman Empire, ironically the people never knew Mount Vesuvius was this a volcano understandable since the previous significant one occurred 1,800 years before, no town existed, and the name unknown to them because the word hadn t been invented yet, but soon would lets say by borrowing from the Roman god of fire Vulcan Our story unfolds when a young despondent man of 27, a recent widower Marcus Attilius Primus arrives in the prosperous resort city, the kind that if you have money they like you, he has an important job here, as an aquarius the chief engineer of Aqua Augusta a huge aqueduct which supplies 250,000
Attilius s occupation is an aquarius in the Roman Empire, a job description that nowadays would be director of waterworks operations and maintenance for the southern district of Italy As the earth beings to swell and shake in ominous warning in advance of the tragedy that is to come, the main aqueduct cracks and fails and Attilius is sent out to repair it So this is a historical novel and we learn of life in the Roman Empire around AD 79 at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius Here are masters and slaves, filthy rich and beggars We get a little romance as Attilius meets the lovely daughter of a viscous, cunning landlord who used to be a slave himself We learn a lot about Roman culture meals, daily life, transportation technology, ships, soldiers, relations between men and women, political and financial corruption, and the unique role of the baths in Roman culture It s an old f This is the story of a latter day Super Mario, an Italian plumber who overcomes very difficult challenges to fix the water supply to Napoli and surrounding areas before the local volcano erupts to ruin everything for everybody OK, I admit that I am grossly trivialising a tremendous story, which is really about Marcus Attilius Primus, the aquarius, or chief water engineer, who is sent to the Bay of Naples to manage the water supply to all of the towns in the area The main artery of the supply is the aqueduct, Aqua Augusta, which Attilius s grandfather may have had a hand in building under the supervision of the great Agrippa Water engineering has been the career path of Atillius s family back through at least four generations.
From the off, Attilius is up against it His predecessor disappeared mysteriously, and neither his team of engineers a