For those of you who speak or read Romanian: I would like to present here one my older cultural travel writing pieces. It can be read bellow on the scribd.com platform and is a description of a memorable visit, undertaken about eight years ago, to Naples and the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum buried by the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE (in the times of emperor Titus, just three decades before Trajan conquered Dacia that set into motion the formation of the Romanian ethnic group). For me it was an important formative intellectual experience, which influenced my way of looking at facts on the ground, such as I do now in my architectural history investigations, and the way to communicate them in writing. I had also included a few photographs taken during that visit to the fantastic ruins of those venerable lost cities and places. Enjoy the lecture!
Pompei, a mosaic fragment of a private house altar (Lalarium), photo Valentin Mandache
Pompei, street adjacent to the city's main forum, view towards Salerno, photo Valentin Mandache
The undersigned on one of Pompeii's streets paved with hard Vesuvian basalt, next to a former bakery; 2002, photo Valentin Mandache
The city of Naples and Golfo din Napoli, together with Vesuvius seen from Vomero hill. The sketch indicates the relative size of the old Vesuvius volcano before the cataclysmic eruption of 79 CE; photo Valentin Mandache
Alexander the Great; fragment from the famous mosaic representation of the battle between the Macedonians and the Persians at Issus in 333 BCE, found in Casa del Fauno in Pompeii and kept at the National Museum of Archaeology of Naples; photo Valentin Mandache.
Bronze statues of ancient athletes, Roman copies of Greek originals, kept at the National Museum of Archaeology of Naples; photo Valentin Mandache.