Ancient inscription on the wall changed the date of the death of Pompeii

(ORDO NEWS) — For a long time, experts around the world were sure that the inhabitants of Pompeii died as a result of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 AD.

Not only the city, but all its surroundings were filled with a huge amount of red-hot lava, covered with ash and numerous fragments of stones. Another study of experts showed that in fact the eruption occurred a little later.

And earlier it was possible to hear that in fact the last day of Pompeii was in the fall. Italian experts were able to find evidence that the terrible disaster occurred no earlier than mid-October.

The new study talks about another find. This is a charcoal inscription that was scrawled on the wall of the villa. It indicated the date October 17, 79 AD.

Giovanni P. Riccardi of the Vesuvius Observatory at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, noted that the inscription was clearly left after August 24. This indicates that the tragedy happened much later than previously thought.

The city of Pompeii was first excavated in 1748. It has become associated by many with the power of nature and the fragility of mankind.

Excavations have been going on for many years and all this time they have provided information on how the ancient Romans lived.

With the help of modern technology, it was possible to obtain data on what their daily life was like, what culinary habits they had.

Further excavations have shown that during the eruption of Vesuvius, braziers were heated in most houses to heat the premises.

In addition, people were in warm clothes. This was the first reason that scientists began to doubt the correct date of the eruption.

The date of August 24 was indicated in a copy of Pliny’s letter, which was kept for many years in the Florentine library Medicea Laurenziana.

Scientists have noted that, perhaps, during the copying of the letter, an attempt was made to connect the catastrophe with the holiday of the ancient Romans, which was called Mundus and was celebrated directly on August 24th.

Disputes arose after a charcoal inscription was found on one of the walls. Most experts believe that it was left by a worker who was engaged in the restoration of the villa.

Mary Bird, a professor at Cambridge, points out that earlier scientists have already thought that the date is not correct. Now it remains to confirm the new version with the help of research by volcanologists.


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