Favourite Couples From The Last Days Of Pompeii (1984 Miniseries)

In 1984, a miniseries was released on TV, based upon the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel, 'The Last Days of Pompeii.' However, where Bulwer-Lytton chose to only write about one particular couple, with several supporting characters, the writer of this series decided to create numerous couples with their own romances. This, to me, made the story in this updated version so much better than the original, as it gave the viewer a wide variety of romances to choose from. Indeed, I wish this version had been what was written for the original story.

The Top Ten

1 Lydon & Nydia

Lydon is the champion gladiator and the son of a Christian slave. Initially, he relishes in the adulation he receives from rich nobles at the gladiator games, until he is publicly humiliated by Diomede at a banquette he throws at his villa for the them. Thereupon, he ultimately realizes how shallow their cheering actually are for him, and begins desire a life outside of the games for himself, his father, and for Nydia, the blind slave, whom he has fallen in love with, because of her innocence. Meanwhile, Nydia herself, is infatuated with Glaucus, and during the winter months, spends her preciously few free times, working in his garden, awaiting for his return in the coming months. When Nydia's cruel owners finally decide to sell her, Glaucus buys her at the slave market (Lydon also attempts to buy her freedom, but, Glaucus saves her first), Nydia feels she has finally found happiness, until, Glaucus sends to live with Ione. Inspite of Ione's kindness to her, Nydia secretly envies her, ...more

How Nydia found that Lydon --not Glaucus-- was her One True Love was the most touching of all.

I love Nydia's character. She's a moving young woman. Very brave. And Lydon is so sweet when she's around. Lovely couple

They are the perfect couple. Lydon never stopped loving Nydia even though her heart was elsewhere until she finally realised how true his love was.

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2 Clodius & Julia

I think, this love story is most touching and beautiful in series. I love them both very well.

Although Clodius is a nobleman, he is very poor, as his father had gambled away the family's fortune. One of his favourite pastimes is writing poetry. His chief ambition is to marry a rich woman. However, he genuinely falls in love with Julia, simply for who she is, and not because she is rich. Julia in turn, loves him, but, believes that he would never fall for her, because, although she comes from a wealthy family, her father Diomede is the son of a freed slave who made his fortune from making fish sauce, and is not nobility. In fact, Diomede hopes to marry Julia off to Glaucus, for his own ambitions. When Julia tells him that she is in love with Clodius, Diomede refuses to allow her to marry him, for the fact that Clodius is poor, inspite of being a nobleman.

Best couple but the saddest love story too :( but truthful to reality, archaeological findings reveal that indeed, many couples died in each others' arms... It was not cheesy at all, it was just how it was when the Vesubius erupted :(

3 Melior & The Barmaid

Melior is a gladiator and a very good friend of Lydon's. Just as Lydon is in love with Nydia, and comes to Burbo's tavern, specifically to see her, Melior also comes to Burbo's tavern specifically out of love for one of the barmaids who work there. (No doubt, like Lydon who hopes to marry Nydia, Melior must have also desired to marry this unnamed barmaid). When the gladiators are on tour, doing fights at various colosseums, across the empire, Melior was tragically killed while on game, when the barmaid hears of her beloved's death, she is heartbroken. But her pain is eventually ended when she dies, during the volcano eruption over Pompeii.

4 Petrus & Chloe

Petrus is a Christian slave, and Chloe is a prostitute (also inwardly, a Christian, but was never actually Baptized into the faith). Chloe also has an infant son, whom she likes to think of, as Petrus' child, but, Petrus doesn't know what to make of this, due to Chloe's profession. Chloe has her child Baptized by Olinthus, as a Christian. Although the 2 of them love one another passionately, they are unable to escape their lifestyles to marry each other, and serve their God together. Petrus is eventually martyred when he defends his fellow Christians from being attacked by a pagan mob, & Chloe dies when the volcano destroys Pompeii. Their child is rescued by Nydia & Lydon, however, who raise him as their own, after escaping Pompeii.

5 Gaius & Fortunata

A much older couple who have always loved and respected one another, Gaius & Fortunata live in an almost paranoid fear of Arbacese, after years earlier of preventing him from taking Ione's & her brother inheritance, after killing their family. Gaius warns Glaucus not to let Ione enter the Isis cult, that is run by Arbacese.

6 Glaucus & Ione

Glaucus is a rich noble from Greece, who spends his summers in the resort town of Pompeii, where he enjoys riotous times with his friends, Clodius, Lepidus, & Sallust. Ione is a priestess-in-training, for the cult of Isis, where her brother has already been accepted as a priest. Although she loves Glaucus as he loves her, she tries to resist these feelings with all of her will, for her impending vows, and she chastises Glaucous for his wild living, as a means to justify trying to rejections of him. Meanwhile, Glaucus seeks to find away to dissuade Ione from becoming a priestess, and instead, become his wife.

7 Diomede & Lucretia

The parents of Julia, they are very rich and very ambitious and greedy. Although Diomede is descended from freed slaves, he looks down on those that are less fortunate than he is. He is inspired by Arbacese to run for public office, and both he & his wife exploit Julia for their own ends. Lucretia is a worshipper of Isis, and is most pleased when her husband comes under Arbacese wing. Diomede does not desire his daughter to marry Clodius because he is poor.

8 Burbo & Stratonice

The owners of the tavern where Chloe & another prostitute have their business, Burbo & Stratonice are very cruel people. Stratonice is the original owner of Nydia and treats her very cruelly, because of her blindness. Burbo's brother is a high priest of Isis. The couple constantly fight with one another and hurl abuse at one another.

9 Arbacese & The Goddess Isis

Priests are often described as being married to the various deities whom they serve, hence my reason for adding him with her.

10 Celenus & Xenia

After watching 'The Last Days Of Pompeii' over a million times, it suddenly dawned on me that these 2 were also a potential couple also.

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11 Olinthus & The Unnamed Woman Whom He Once Loved & Lost

When Olinthus asks Nydia about Lydon (before she falls in love with him, and is still struggling with Glaucus' love for Ione), Nydia rebuffs the question, so Olinthus tells her about a young woman who loved him once, but, he turned her down, for his service to the Lord. He said he watched her marry someone else, and sometimes still thinks about her.

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