August 24, 79 A.D.: Pompeii's Last Day

August 24 marks the 1926th anniversary of the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius that buried both Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Because of this fateful calamity, however, these Roman towns would be sealed in time, forever frozen in that terrible moment.

Literally, as it turns out... as you can see from the plaster casts made of the victims' last, dying expressions, like in the so-called "Garden of the Fugitives" that you can see at left from
W. Smith at Flickr.

Or in the
original Pompeiian graffitti which captured the drama of the everyday lives of ordinary Romans.

Will history repeat itself? Let's hope not... at least two million people live in the shadow of Vesuvius now!

More information, together with eyewitness reports of the eruption which occurred almost two thousand years ago today, are available

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