The Last Days of Pompeii
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The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834.
Its characters contrast the decadent culture of 1st-century Rome with both older cultures and coming trends. The protagonist, Glaucus, represents the Greeks who have been subordinated by Rome, and his nemesis Arbaces the still older culture of Egypt. It culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. This is the 1850 edition. In fairly good edition; binding intact, shadowing on pages.