Weekend Reading: Volcanic Eruptions

Nothing from me personally this week, but please do take the time to have a read of this great article by Dr Cora Beth Knowles on the recent debates surrounding the dating of the eruption of Vesuvius!


Agree or disagree this is certainly a hot topic at the moment and many people have waded into the discussion particularly on social media.

What do you think? As always, comments and opinions are more than welcome.


Classical Studies Support

I hate to be predictable – but this week’s news has been dominated by Pompeii and classical controversy, and I just can’t resist jumping in! For anyone who’s been living under a rock for the past week, here’s a round-up of what’s been going on.

The discovery

A discovery was made in Pompeii of a charcoal graffito which mentioned a date of 17th October, and it was posted on Instagram earlier this week. It’s a lovely little graffito which commemorates someone’s special binge-eating day – but that’s not what has drawn attention. No, we’re all fixated on the date: what are the implications, how much does it matter and can we agree to disagree?

GraffitoImage: Parco Archeologico di Pompei

What are the implications?

Pliny, our source for the dramatic story of the eruption of Vesuvius, tells us that the eruption took place on the 24th of August…

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