Warning Signs before the Disaster

To the local residents, Vesuvius was just a large hill. It was very fertile and would have been covered with vineyards and small villages. The volcano was lying dormant and had not erupted for hundreds of years. The first indication of the disaster ahead was in 62 AD. A destructive earthquake occurred which caused streams…… Continue reading Warning Signs before the Disaster


Time Period: Rome

Titus (30 December 39 AD – 13 September 81 AD) was Roman Emperor from 79 to 81. A member of the Flavian dynasty, Titus succeeded his father Vespasian upon his death, thus becoming the first Roman Emperor to come to the throne after his own biological father.

As emperor, he is best known for completing the Colosseum and for his generosity in relieving the suffering caused by two disasters, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and a fire in Rome in 80


Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography By: Amy Mair-Jones “AD 79: Eyewitness Account of the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius.” Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago (1973-1982) 72, no. 4 (1978): 4-7. doi:10.2307/4104138. This is a translation of Pliny the Younger’s account of the Pompeii disaster, in the form of two letter, which was sent to the historian Tacitus.…… Continue reading Annotated Bibliography