NEAT-O!! There’s an exhibit in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science depicting this city and the tragedy that befell it after Mount Vesuvius belched forth fiery smokey death. I’ve always been fascinated with this story and the images of the people of the city still locked in their death throes is eerie and heart-breaking.
Mt. Vesusius exploded in August in 79 AD, burying the citizens of the city under tons of hot ash and mud, preserving them almost perfectly. It wasn’t until the 1800s that people began excavating Pompeii, discovering the grisly remains of humans and animals as they lay in those final terrifying moments as the fury of the mountain came crashing down on them.
One of my favorite Dr. Who episodes revolved around the Doctor and Donna Noble visit Pompeii on what the Doctor calls “Volcano Day”. This is one of the best episodes as Donna forces the Doctor to think about his “humanity”. Definitely one I would recommend
I couldn’t imagine being witness to something to destructive and terrifying and yet part of me kind of wishes I could have seen it. Witnessing history first-hand would be unreal!
What about you? Would you ever want to see something like Mt. Vesuvius in person or is reading about it enough? I’d love to hear from you!
If time travel and history is your thing, check out my YA/fantasy series, Adventures of Alexis Davenport! Join Alex as she tries to save us from a mad man intent on changing the past…and our futures! The first two books of the series are available from your favorite book sellers in paperback and e-book formats!