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The Last Days of Pompeii

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Last Days of Pompeii first edition1851 Alta edition
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First publication

Literary form

Literary, historical fiction

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Approx. 158,500 words

Notable lines

"Ho, Diomed, well met! Do you sup with Glaucus tonight?" said a young man of small stature, who wore his tunic in those loose and effeminate folds which proved him to be a gentleman and a coxcomb.

— First line

He who has loved often has loved never.


There is no tongue that flatters like a lover's; and yet, in the exaggeration of his feelings, flattery seems to him commonplace.


"Oh, can these men love, my Clodius? Scarcely even with the senses. How rarely a Roman has a heart! He is but the mechanism of genius—he wants its bones and flesh."


"Die, then, in thy rashness!" he muttered. "Away, obstacle to my rushing fates!"


Viewing the various witnesses of a social system which has passed from the world for ever—a stranger, from that remote and barbarian Isle which the Imperial Roman shivered when he named, paused amidst the delights of the soft Campania and composed this history!.

— Last line


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