The print, ‘The Temple of Isis at Pompeii’ was created by both Louis Jean Desprez and Francesco Piranesi in 1788.
The issues of Pliny the Younger’s account.
There exists at least four notable ancient sources which cover the eruption of Vesuvius.
At noon on August 24th, 79 A.D. after several small explosions Vesuvius erupts, sending a tall mushroom cloud of super heated rock and gas over twenty kilometers into the sky. The cloud blows southwards, plunging everything into total darkness. The mountain emits noxious gases and unearthly noises. Violent tremors cause buildings to collapse. People flee…… Continue reading 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
The origins of Pompeii are old as the history of Rome. The Pompeian people came from an ancient Italic population: the Osci. In the second half of 7th century BC, an early village was settled on the site where Pompeii would eventually emerge: it was strategically established at the intersection of three major roads.
Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe, and has produced some of the continent’s largest volcanic eruptions.
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 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