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Pompeii Goes To Hollywood!

After a series of fits and starts, it looks like Pompeii is going to get the 21st-century Hollywood treatment courtesy of Paul W.S. Anderson, the director behind Resident Evil

Already touted as “Titanic with a volcano,” the plot will center around a love story between a slave and his master’s daughter. Requisite plot twist: she’s already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he’s been sold to another owner. Toss in Vesuvius and you get the classic formula for a Pompeii movie with plenty of human drama unfolding under the looming volcano.

There’s plenty of films and television features out there about Pompeii (including some fun 50s pulp flicks and terrible straight-to-video stuff), and two of my personal favorites include:


Last Days of Pompeii (1935) 

Somehow, Pontius Pilate (as played by Basil Rathbone!) makes it into this cheesy vintage disaster flick which involves a blacksmith who becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son joins the fledgling sect of Christianity.The sequences showing the eruption of Vesuvius are pretty good, though—maybe because the film was made by the same producer and production company as King Kong


Last Days of Pompeii (1959)

Another film with the same title was released in 1959. This Pompeii was written by spaghetti-western master Sergio Leone and starred bodybuilder Steve Reeves, who plays a Roman legionnaire determine to get revenge against the men who murdered his father. Check out a clip of the Vesuvius eruption sequence here

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Vesuvius: Europe’s “Ticking Time Bomb”


Image courtesy of Nature

With the current eruption of Mt. Etna in Sicily, experts are turning their attention again to Vesuvius: when it will erupt again, and how deadly the event will be.  A recent article in Nature discusses the potential for another eruption of Vesuvius, which Giuseppe Mastrolorenzo of the Vesuvius Volcano Observatory in Naples says is “the most dangerous volcano in the world.” Read it here.