Darryl A. Phillips

1,930 years ago on August 24 …

August 24, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

On this day, 1,930 years ago, Mt. Vesuvius erupted burying the neighboring cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum beneath ash and mud.  A bad day for Romans living in the bay of Naples, but as it turns out, a very useful one for folks interested in studying the social history of the Roman world.  Pliny the Younger wrote an account of the eruption in a letter to his friend Tacitus (the historian).  You can read a translation of the letter on the web at:  http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/pompeii.htm

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