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Imagine you are a plebeian and write a newspaper account of the eruption in AD79

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Imagine you are a plebeian and write a newspaper account of the eruption in AD79 It was the 24th August AD79. It was just another summer's day. As I walked through the town of Pompeii I saw the tradesmen removing the shutters from their shops and hanging up their merchandise. Clothes were being washed in the laundry of Stephanus. The baker placed his dough next to the fire. I felt the earthquake so strongly that morning it shook the whole town. I had noticed several small shudders before today, but nothing as intense as the shudder we just had. It was then when Mount Vesuvius erupted. The ground shook and charred fragments began to fall. It spread as far as Stabie. I grabbed a cushion and tied it to my head, hoping to protect myself from the hail of pumice that was pelting down onto me. ...read more.


I thought that to inflict this form of death onto the people of Pompeii was an extremely cruel act of the Gods. I was disheartened to find that the lava had destroyed all of my belongings. The amount of rubble was enormous in areas close to the eruption. Afterwards I felt very ill and frail for at least a week. My horse collapsed, unable to carry on towards the outskirts of the blast, which left me to travel the rest of my journey on foot. I saw so many people trapped, injured and choking. I will remember those images for the rest of my life. I thought of those buried under rocks and pumice and how they would remain there for eternity. I was surprised to see the people of lower and higher classes sheltering together, in the hope that they would survive. ...read more.


His uncle was suffocated along with the majority of his ship members. For the next week the sky remained pitch black. The seas were still too rough to leave by boat, and all animals had either died in the tragedy or been taken by people already. Every person that I met within the month were sobbing continuously and crying out for their loved ones. The whole event has been a tragedy for Roman Society and will be remembered for eternity. I just hope that the Gods are not still angry, as another tragedy like this would set Rome back many years. Here is a picture of the areas in which Mount Vesuvius erupted and the path Pliny took to get to Stabie. It shows how he tried to get to Pompeii, but had to go to Stabie because of the storms and falling rocks. This has been a tragic event and will shock the world for the rest of earth's years. Thomas Rolfe Year 11 Classics ...read more.

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