First descriptions of the excavations of the Herculaneum  

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This page features a chronology of the first descriptions (some including engravings) of the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae.

Earliest descriptions

  • Description of the first discoveries of the ancient city of Herculaneum found near Portici (Descrizione delle prime scoperte dell'antica città di Ercolano ritrovata vicino a Portici) by Marcello Venuti was published by Lorenzo Baseggio in Venice in 1749
  • Memoirs concerning Herculaneum, the subterranean city, lately discovered at the foot of Mount Vesuvius by William Fordyce (1750)
  • Letters on the pictures of Herculaneum (Lettres sur les peintures d'Herculaneum) and Observations upon the Antiquities of the Town of Herculaneum (Observations), both by Charles Nicolas Cochin, were published by Jombert in Paris, respectively in 1751 and 1754

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