October 8, 2003 |
With Mt. Vesuvius in the background, a determined Pope John Paul II indirectly confronted growing concern over his failing health Tuesday, urging the Catholic faithful to pray for him "today and always." The pope traveled by helicopter to the ancient ruins of this southern Italian town, making a public appearance outside Rome for the first time since a four-day trip to Slovakia in early September left him exhausted and weak.
January 28, 2005 |
Whether we remember history or not, it seems we are condemned to repeat it, at least those of us with a television, the natural home of documentaries and docudramas and biopics. Two sorts of historical re-creations are on view Sunday, both of which concern green and pleasant lands overtaken by an unstoppable force.
December 3, 1995 |
Watch the sun rise over Stonehenge and try to decipher the centurions' graffiti on its ancient pillars. See Dresden Cathedral rise from the rubble of wartime Germany. Relive Pompeii in all its ancient glory before Vesuvius destroyed the Roman city. In the world of Virtual Heritage, one simply straps on a headset and takes off in a time machine through history. Artists and scientists have combined to help us walk through ancient sites armed only with a set of goggles and a soaring imagination.
August 31, 2003 |
Sorrento, Italy "Good kids, good kids," the concierge assured me as I stood in the lobby waiting for my 15-year-old daughter and her friend to return to the hotel. It was 1:05 a.m. in Sorrento, and the girls, who were out with a group of Italian teenagers they had met that evening, were supposed to have been back at 1 a.m. "Very good kids," the concierge said as he smiled and shifted his weight from the heels to the toes of his shiny black shoes. "It is better not to worry," he told me, rocking back and forth.
October 15, 1989 |
On a June evening 1,400 years ago, a volcano suddenly erupted in what is now El Salvador and sealed an entire prehistoric settlement in a time capsule, complete with the dirty dishes of a civilization that flourished 600 years before Columbus arrived in the New World.
September 21, 1997 |
The foot-worn curbs and wheel ruts and a thousand other details of this mummified city speak of life 2,000 years ago. But if Pompeii offers a glimpse of antiquity, it may soon serve up a tangible taste of life a couple of millenniums ago. Pompeii's archeologists and a nearby winery are attempting to recreate the wines of the ancient Romans. The wine trade was a major part of Roman commerce. It contributed much to the wealth of Pompeii, a pleasure-loving port city with more than 200 bars.
January 30, 1997 |
Gerardo Perez, his father, two brothers and a cousin apparently like the idea of operating family-run gourmet restaurants. Only a year ago, the Perez family opened Verona Trattoria Italian restaurant in Camarillo. Response has been so positive that last month they added Pompeii Trattoria, a French-Italian restaurant also in Camarillo, to the list. And a third establishment may not be far behind.
December 30, 1990 |
The "welcome" sign at the border of this small Cape Cod town reads: "Settled by Pilgrims in 1644." But archeologists have found evidence that the date is really 8,000 years before that, when ancestors of today's Indians formed a settlement here. Unusually high tides in November sliced through 15 feet of sandy dunes on Coast Guard Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1999
For a virtual tour of the doomed city of Pompeii, destroyed in AD 79 by Mt. Vesuvius, visit www.pompeii.virginia.edu. And for a look at some of the graffiti found there, visit www.amherst.edu/~classics/class36/basilica.html.
December 9, 2001
ROME--Another steamy corner of ancient Pompeii--a bathhouse decorated with eight erotic paintings--is expected to be opened to the public by Saturday. Pompeii was buried by ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, and the archeological site near Naples is one of Italy's biggest tourist attractions. Much of it is still being excavated. The bathhouse featured a marvel of plumbing for those times: a swimming pool heated to a constant temperature.