Monday, August 24, 2009

August 24: Survivor's Story of Vesuvius (Vol. 9, pp. 284-291)

On this day in 79 A.D., Vesuvius erupted and buried the city of Pompeii under countless tons of lava, volcanic ash and rocks.

What I didn't realize before today's reading was that Pliny — both the elder and the younger — witnessed the disaster and that Pliny the elder died while trying to rescue refugees. Pliny the younger fled with his mother and survived. It is his account that we have today of the death and destruction at Pompeii.

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