Herculaneum, Past, Present & Future

Herculaneum, Past, Present & Future

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Herculaneum, Past, Present & Future

Herculaneum, Past, Present & Future

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Herculaneum is to be excavated. The main object for which my colleague Mr. Shoobridge and I have laboured has thus been attained. The Italian Government has decided to undertake the work by itself and at once. It is fully a year since this decision was published and a Commission of highly competent experts was appointed. Let us hope that there will be no further delay in actually beginning this important enterprise.

This book owes its origin to the following circumstances, which also determined its form and contents. While the scheme of an international excavation of Herculaneum was actively pushed forward from 1903 to 1907, I was frequently advised to make my own plan for the excavation known to the public. It was thought that this would increase interest and avoid misunderstandings. But I felt -- I believe rightly -- that it would be unwise to give any prominence to my own views on so important a matter, because, in the first place, it would have identified the whole project too much with my own personality, a side on which I endeavoured, as far as possible, not to lay stress. In the second place, it would have looked presumptuous in any way to prescribe to the Committees and to the International Staff the modes and methods of carrying out the work. The moment the International Staff, consisting of the best experts in every department and from every part . . .

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