On August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted, sending ﬂoods of ash, pumice and other debris onto the city of Pompeii, located at the volcano’s southeastern base in the Campania region of Italy. By the next day, the eruption had buried the city and its terriﬁed inhabitants under nearly 20 feet of debris, where they…… Continue reading Pompeii: Disaster, Religion, and the Gods
So how did a centuries-old, prosperous, beautiful city get buried not just by ash but by forgetfulness? It’s likely that Pompeii was lost in the cultural shift from Roman values and ideals to Christian ones in the Western world. It disappeared geographically, but also became socially unintelligible as the centuries wore on. This was a…… Continue reading Uncovering the Past
The Issues and problems of these ancient sources.
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