The Vesuvian city is a neologism that describes parts of the Neapolitan hinterland that have interacted historically with frequent bouts of volcanism. Heavily urbanised today, this territory has a complex and highly varied history shaped by how flows of volcanic rock and debris have altered human and natural environments. Tortora and Cocco argue for the need to expand historical approaches to Vesuvius beyond the traditional focus on the recovery of classical sites and the modern appetite for tourism. They argue for an approach that is attentive to the different histories that emerged when people responded to volcanism’s effects on the territory. Eruptions threatened people by burying settlements and roads – but they did so unevenly and sporadically. Likewise, eruptions created new conditions for rebuilding, quarrying, and working volcanic rock out to markets – but did so only in some places.

Baroque tectonics: eruptions and disruptions in the Vesuvian city

Alfonso Tortora;
2018

Abstract

The Vesuvian city is a neologism that describes parts of the Neapolitan hinterland that have interacted historically with frequent bouts of volcanism. Heavily urbanised today, this territory has a complex and highly varied history shaped by how flows of volcanic rock and debris have altered human and natural environments. Tortora and Cocco argue for the need to expand historical approaches to Vesuvius beyond the traditional focus on the recovery of classical sites and the modern appetite for tourism. They argue for an approach that is attentive to the different histories that emerged when people responded to volcanism’s effects on the territory. Eruptions threatened people by burying settlements and roads – but they did so unevenly and sporadically. Likewise, eruptions created new conditions for rebuilding, quarrying, and working volcanic rock out to markets – but did so only in some places.
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