Vesuvius then and now.

Posted By on May 28, 2009

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Ancient Rome
In this fresco from a house in Pompeii we see Bacchus, the god of wine in front of Vesuvius.

In this fresco from a house in Pompeii we see Bacchus, the god of wine in front of Vesuvius.

As I researched Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD, I was amazed at how massive the power of the eruption was. We can see by the fresco painting that it had a conical peak. When it erupted, it literally blew it’s top! This picture shows Bacchus, the god of wine, dressed in a suit of grapes.

In the picture below, is what Vesuvius looks like today. This picture was taken in 1987 during my trip through Italy. At that time, I had no idea that I’d be writing the novel so I was just a tourist. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

The picture below that is embossed showing how much of the top actually collapsed with the eruption.

Vesuvius today taken from Pompeii. (1987)

Vesuvius today taken from Pompeii. (1987)

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This shows how much of the top Vesuvius lost in the eruption.

This shows how much of the top Vesuvius lost in the eruption.

Pliny the Younger wrote the earliest known account of a volcanic eruption by witnessing the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Volcanologists today call eruptions similar to Vesuvius’ “Plinian eruptions” – the most recent being Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Today, over two million people live in the shadow of Vesuvius. Experts say that Vesuvius could erupt at any minute – that it’s “on the move again.”

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Step back in time and experience what it would have been like to be the daughter of the Roman magistrate, curious about the new sect of Christianity. Betrothed to a man she doesn't love, in love with a man her family would disapprove of, told that the gods she grew up believing in are false, Claudia learns to seek and follow God’s will while coping with her tyrannical father’s plan for her future and his goal of maintaining his “dignitas.” Discover the beginnings of the early Christian church and how they converted the pagans. Experience the life, culture and society of the Ancient Roman Empire. Be there when Vesuvius erupts and buries Pompeii and its inhabitants. A Romeo & Juliet story set in 1st Century Italy with an awesome ending!


2 Responses to “Vesuvius then and now.”

  1. […] 1. Vesuvius, before it erupted in 79 AD, had a conical peak as depicted in this fresco in a villa in Pompeii. In the movie, it shows it as it is now, with the open crater. Vesuvius had not erupted since before mankind. Read: Vesuvius then and now […]

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