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What Happened in August 79 AD

Historical Events


The 17 Year-Old Witness to the Eruption of VesuviusThe 17 Year-Old Witness to the Eruption of Vesuvius

Aug 23 Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on feast day of Vulcan, Roman god of fire (goes on to destroy Pompeii) [approx date] [1] [2]

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Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum (c. 1821) by John Martin
Destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum (c. 1821) by John Martin
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  • Aug 24 Believed until 2018 to be the date of the massive eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which buried the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae, killing untold thousands. Latest evidence suggests the eruption occurred after 17 October. [1] [2]