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Eyewitness to Vesuvius: Pliny the Younger and reporting the event of the century

February 6, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, reporting, writing.

Pliny the Younger

The mountain exploded in August 79 AD. The ensuing lava flow engulfed two entire cities (Herculaneum and Pompeii) and smothered a third, Stabiae, with poisonous gas. The darkness that the clouds of dust and smoke created was, in the ones of an eyewitness, “. . . not the dark of a moonless or cloudy night, but as if the lamp had been put out in a closed room.”

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