- The LAST DAYS OF POMPEII Alternative
HISTORICAL DRAMA. Set in Pompeii, based on the novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. A young Greek, Glaucus, falls in love with the beautiful Ione who, together with her brother Apaecides, is under the guardianship of the Egyptian High Priest of Isis, Arbaces. When Glaucus sees the local inn-keeper beating a blind slave-girl, Nydia, he offers to buy her, an act of kindness that causes Nydia to fall in love with him. Arbaces attempts to seduce Ione but Glaucus arrives in time to save her. Arbaces produces a potion causing insanity, which Nydia gives to Glaucus believing it to be a love potion. Arbaces murders Apaedices, who has converted to Christianity and threatens to reveal the fraudulent nature of his religion, and frames Glaucus for the murder. Glaucus is thrown to the lions but, before they can attack him, Vesuvius erupts. During the panic, Arbaces is killed, while Nydia leads Glaucus and Ione to safety. Unable to live without Glaucus, she drowns herself allowing them to live happily together.
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