When Did Vesuvius Erupt? The Evidence For and Against August 24

Clues from texts, objects, and science shed light on one of the greatest natural disasters in world history. By Kenneth Lapatin and Alina Kozlovski Introduction On August 24, 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. At least, that’s the date inscribed in the history books. As well-publicized recent discoveries have suggested,[…]

Analysing the Rural Landscape around Pompeii before the Eruption of Somma-Vesuvius in AD 79

Pompeii; via di Mercurio with Mount Vesuvius. Photo: Carlo Mirante (Source: Flickr Creative Commons) By Dr. Sebastian Vogel Professor of Geoecology and Archaeology University of Potsdam eTopoi: Journal for Ancient Studies 3 (2012), 377-382 Introduction The Somma-Vesuvius volcano has affected the landscape of Campania (Italy) for tens of thousands of years and the fate of[…]