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Pliny the Younger, the eye witness of the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius in 79AD

At the time of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79 the Roman fleet under the command of Pliny the Elder was stationed across the Bay of Naples at Misenum.

Pliny was a scientist, a historian and a naturalist and he felt the need to get closer to observe the phenomenon of the eruption.

He decided to land in Stabia, where lived his friend, but he died because of the toxic gases.

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The route taken by Pliny the Elder from Miseno to Stabia during the eruption in 79AD

Pliny’s nephew, whom we know as Pliny the Younger, was with him at Misenum, but did not venture out on the ships with his uncle. He stayed back at Misenum and observed the events from there. He also received first-hand reports from those who had been with his uncle at his death. Based on this information Pliny the Younger wrote two letters to the historian Tacitus that recount the events surrounding the eruption of Vesuvius and the death of Pliny the Elder.

The letters survive and provide a vivid account of the events.

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Pompeii in 3 D – Film

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Pompeii 3 D – Film

Pompeii (referred to by marketing as Pompeii in 3D) is an upcoming American disaster-adventure film co-written, produced and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, the film starsKit HaringtonEmily BrowningCarrie-Anne MossAdewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeJessica Lucas, with Jared Harris, and Kiefer Sutherland.

 

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The Forum of Pompeii with Emiliano

The forum in Pompeii was a large open space of a rectangular shape, surrounded by political buildings,  temples, markets and porticos.
It was an urban center, the main square of the city, home to town’s main civic, commercial and religious institutions. The center of life and interest for its citizens, a bustling crowd that came here every day to meet, gossip, run business or worship.

A must see when visiting Pompeii!

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The eruptions of the Vesuvius in the course of time

Vesuvius

Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world.

Date Eruption type Notes
79 explosive Ash-fall, pomices and lahars
472 effusive-explosive Lava flow and lahars to north-western flank
512 ??? —–
26 February 685 effusive Imposing lava flow
787 effusive-explosive Lahars and imposing lava flow
968 ??? Lava flow to sea
27 January 1037 ??? Lava flow to sea
29 May 1139 explosive Ash-fall
1500 explosive Ash-fall
16 December 1631 effusive-explosive Cone collapse; lava flow to sea
3 July 1660 explosive Ash-fall to north-east flank
13 April 1694 effusive Lava toward Torre del Greco
25 May 1698 effusive-explosive Damage by ash-fall to south-east flank
28 July 1707 effusive-explosive —–
20 May 1737 effusive-explosive A lava flow invades T. del Greco; ash-fall and lahars
23 December 1760 effusive-explosive Opening of lateral vents on southern flank (150 m asl)
19 October 1767 effusive-explosive Two lava flows toward T.Annunziata and S. Giorgio a C.
8 August 1779 explosive Ash and bombs over Ottaviano
15 June 1794 effusive-explosive Opening of lateral vents on SO flank (470 m asl)
22 October 1822 effusive-explosive Two lava flows toward T. del Greco and Boscotrecase
23 August 1834 effusive-explosive

A lava flow toward Poggiomarino

6 February 1850 effusive-explosive —–
1 May 1855 effusive A lava flow invades Massa and S.Sebastiano
8 December 1861 effusive-explosive Opening of lateral vents on SO flank (290 m asl)
15 November 1868 effusive —–
24 April 1872 effusive-explosive A lava flow invades Massa and S.Sebastiano
4 April 1906 effusive-explosive A lava flow toward T.Annunziata, strong explosive activity
3 June 1929 effusive-explosive A lava flow toward Terzigno
18 March 1944 effusive-explosive A lava flow invades Massa and S.Sebastiano
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The 79AD eruption

Vesuvius Tour:

At the top of the volcano is a crater rim that affords a view into the crater that still fumes slightly. Besides that you will have a stunning panorama overseeing the Bay of Naples, Capri, Ischia, the edge of the Sorrento coast and more. Everyone has to walk up the last 500m steeply uphill. Closed-in shoes are essential.

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A fashinating tour along the fortifications of the ancient Pompeii.

The Mercurio's tower

There were originally twelve towers around the walls of Pompeii; the towers were used for patrolling and for lookout posts.

These pictures show the tower of Mercury placed at the end of the Via di Mercurio, the street named after the god as there is a fountain on it with the face of Mercury. Standing just outside the northern part of the forum you can see the Tower of Mercury through the Arch of Caligula with Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

A relaxing walk along the fortifications and the necropli of the ancient Pompeii offers some exceptional sights and interesting historical cues. This tour is recommended to everybody, especially to those who desire to stay away from the beaten pats and wants to flesh out the structure of the city. Book your tour here!

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