The Last Days of Pompeii
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The Last Days of Pompeii

By Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton, Baron
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The Last Days of Pompeii is a novel written by the baron Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1834. The novel was inspired by the painting The Last Day of Pompeii by the Russian painter Karl Briullov, which Bulwer-Lytton had seen in Milan. It culminates in the cataclysmic destruction of the city of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
The novel uses its characters to 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. Olinthus is the chief representative of the nascent Christian religion, which is presented favourably but not uncritically. The Witch of Vesuvius, though she has no supernatural powers, shows Bulwer-Lytton's interest in the occult – a theme which would emerge in his later writing, particularly The Coming Race.
A popular sculpture by American sculptor Randolph Rogers, Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii (1856), was based on a character from the book.
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Table of Contents
  • THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII
  • BOOK THE FIRST
  • Chapter I.
    • THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF POMPEII.
  • Chapter II
  • Chapter III
  • Chapter IV
  • Chapter V
    • MORE OF THE FLOWER-GIRL. THE PROGRESS OF LOVE.
  • Chapter VI
  • Chapter VII
  • Chapter VIII
    • ARBACES COGS HIS DICE WITH PLEASURE AND WINS THE GAME.
  • BOOK THE SECOND
  • Chapter I
    • A FLASH HOUSE IN POMPEII, AND THE GENTLEMEN OF THE CLASSIC RING.
  • Chapter II
    • TWO WORTHIES.
  • Chapter III
    • GLAUCUS MAKES A PURCHASE THAT AFTERWARDS COSTS HIM DEAR.
  • Chapter IV
    • THE RIVAL OF GLAUCUS PRESSES ONWARD IN THE RACE.
  • Chapter V
    • THE POOR TORTOISE. NEW CHANGES FOR NYDIA.
  • Chapter VI
    • THE HAPPY BEAUTY AND THE BLIND SLAVE.
  • Chapter VII
    • IONE ENTRAPPED. THE MOUSE TRIES TO GNAW THE NET.
  • Chapter VIII
    • THE SOLITUDE AND SOLILOQUY OF THE EGYPTIAN. HIS CHARACTER ANALYSED.
  • Chapter IX
  • BOOK THE THIRD
  • Chapter I
  • Chapter II
    • THE NOONDAY EXCURSION ON THE CAMPANIAN SEAS.
  • Chapter III
    • THE CONGREGATION.
  • Chapter IV
    • THE STREAM OF LOVE RUNS ON. WHITHER?
  • Chapter V
  • Chapter VI
    • THE PORTER. THE GIRL. AND THE GLADIATOR.
  • Chapter VII
  • Chapter VIII
    • JULIA SEEKS ARBACES. THE RESULT OF THAT INTERVIEW.
  • Chapter IX
    • STORM IN THE SOUTH. THE WITCH'S CAVERN.
  • Chapter X
  • Chapter XI
  • BOOK THE FOURTH
  • Chapter I
  • Chapter II
  • Chapter III
    • A FASHIONABLE PARTY AND A DINNER A LA MODE IN POMPEII.
  • Chapter IV
    • THE STORY HALTS FOR A MOMENT AT AN EPISODE.
  • Chapter V
    • THE PHILTRE. ITS EFFECT.
  • Chapter VI
  • Chapter VII
  • Chapter VIII
    • A CLASSIC FUNERAL.
  • Chapter IX
    • IN WHICH AN ADVENTURE HAPPENS TO IONE.
  • Chapter X
  • Chapter XI
    • NYDIA AFFECTS THE SORCERESS.
  • Chapter XII
    • A WASP VENTURES INTO THE SPIDER'S WEB.
  • Chapter XIII
  • Chapter XIV
    • NYDIA ACCOSTS CALENUS.
  • Chapter XV
  • Chapter XVI
  • Chapter XVII
    • A CHANCE FOR GLAUCUS.
  • BOOK THE FIFTH
  • Chapter I
  • Chapter II
    • THE AMPHITHEATRE.
  • Chapter III
    • SALLUST AND NYDIA'S LETTER.
  • Chapter IV
  • Chapter V
  • Chapter VI
  • Chapter VII
    • THE PROGRESS OF THE DESTRUCTION.
  • Chapter VIII
    • ARBACES ENCOUNTERS GLAUCUS AND IONE.
  • Chapter IX
    • THE DESPAIR OF THE LOVERS. THE CONDITION OF THE MULTITUDE.
  • Chapter X
    • THE NEXT MORNING. THE FATE OF NYDIA.
  • Chapter The Last
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