ON A PERSONAL NOTE: The Sizzlers have shared our journey toward publication in romance for almost two years. Last week, I contracted with Champagne Books for my paranormal shapeshifter novella (working title-The Wedding Planner) for Summer, 2012 which will be published as an ebook. Thanks so much for the support and encouragement of my Sizzling sisters. Rita Bay
When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, the city of Pompeii was devastated. The volcano lies near the city of Naples in Italy. Once a thriving city of about 20,000, the population was decimated by heat and ash. The town was not rediscovered until 1599, buried under several yards of hardened ash and pumice. What emerged was the first true picture of Roman life in the first century AD. Food, wine, furniture, statuary and the residents of Pompeii came to light as the city was excavated.
Moonday’s Heroic Hunk is a bronze statue of the god Apollo Saettante (Apollo as an Archer). It was originally located in the Temple of Apollo in Pompeii and dates from about 100 BC. The majority of the figure was unearthed in pieces in 1817 and the remainder was discovered the following year. The statue stands slightly less than 5 feet tall.
The Roman god Apollo was associated with prophecy, music, intellectual pursuits, healing, plague, the sun and archery. Unfortunately, his arrows could send plague to those unwary humans who had pissed him off. The bow and arrow are missing.
Special Note: This week, Rita Bay.wordpress.com will feature the huts and palaces of ancient Britain. Check out the earliest settlements of Star Carr and Skara Brae from Sunday and the Fishbourne Roman villa today. Rita Bay