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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.

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


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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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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