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Diagram of a Plinian Eruption
Diagram of a Plinian Eruption

Event Summary

Pompeii: Portents of Disaster from BBC News. The volcano erupted in 79 CE destroying the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Map of approximate fallout from the eruption. It helps to explain differences in the destruction (and preservation) of Pompeii, where many died of suffocation, and Herculaneum, where most were killed instantly.
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Mary Beard on Life in Pompeii and Herculaneum, March 2013

Reconstruction of the death of Pliny the Elder in 79 AD
Reconstruction of the death of Pliny the Elder in 79 AD


Multimedia Resources

A Day in Pompeii: Full-Length Animation from YouTube.

Pompeii:The Last Day from The Romans on BBC

Ruins of Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius in background
Ruins of Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius in background

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Ancient History And gives evidence of women in Pompeii and Herculaneum managing businesses despite traditional values preventing them from doing so.

Click here for tweets based on accounts by Pliny the Elder

Dispatches from a Dying Pompeii reviews first-hand accounts by Pliny the Younger.

Reading the Writing on Pompeii's Walls from the Smithsonian Magazine.

See also Graffiti from the Walls of Pompeii

game_icon.svg.pngBuild Your Own Volcano. Students can build their own virtual volcano and watch it erupt by setting the conditions and seeing what kind of explosion results
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Volcanic Eruptions in History

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Multimedia.pngLink to footage of the eruption from Smithsonian Channel