Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pompeii and the Earthquake of 62AD

In 62AD, the Campanian city of Pompeii was devastated by an earthquake. Did the disaster irrevocably damage the city or was it an opportunity for revitaliza

'I have just heard that Pompeii, the famous city in Campania has been laid low by an earthquake which has also disturbed all the adjacent districts…' (Seneca, Book 6, Natural Questions)

On the 5th February 62AD, Pompeii was indeed 'laid low' by an earthquake which affected much of the region. Unknown to the local Campanians, the event was the first indication that the volcano Vesuvius was awakening from a long period of dormancy.

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Natasha Sheldon - A writer since 2000, Natasha Sheldon holds a BA Hons in ancient history and archaeology and MA in ancient history and