Italian journalist, writer and filmmaker Alberto Angela presented The Three Days of Pompeii: 23 to 25 October 79 AD: Hour by Hour the Greatest Tragedy of Antiquity, his latest book, on January 28 at the Italian Cultural Institute.
During the event, which was organized by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Embassy in Beijing, the author talked about the new research methods and technologies that have allowed scholars to find new answers about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, which buried the ancient city of Pompeii under six meters of volcanic ash and pumice.
The presentation included the screening of a documentary about life in ancient Pompeii and the events after the volcano’s eruption.
The book, Three Days of Pompeii, will be published next fall in China. Part of the proceeds will be donated to support the restoration of the Adone Ferito fresco in the eponymous Pompeian dome.
“Alberto Angela’s commitment in the dissemination of historical and scientific knowledge is a real example of professionalism,” said the Italian Ambassador in China Ettore Sequi. “The publication of the book in Chinese comes at a time when Italy and China are working together to achieve an ambitious project involving some of their UNESCO sites, starting from Pompeii and Xi’an.”
Angela has written several other books popularizing science and history, including Sharks! Predators of the Sea (1997), A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome (2007) and The Reach of Rome: A Journey Through the Lands of the Ancient Empire, Following a Coin (2013).