About Ancient History: A Bad Week for Ancient Rome
On this week in ancient history, Alaric sacked Rome and Pompeii was buried under ash.
Mt. Vesuvius is a volcano that erupted on August 24 A.D. 79 blanketing
the towns and 1000s of residents of Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum.
Pompeii was buried 10' deep, while Herculaneum was buried under 75' of
ash. This volcanic eruption is the first to be described in detail. The
letter-writing Pliny the Younger was stationed about 18 miles away in
Misenum from which vantage point...
Alaric, King of the Goths, tried means other than sacking Rome to get
his way with the Roman Emperor of the West, Honorius. Twice before he
had entered Italy with his troops, intending to fulfill his destiny, but
talks and promises kept the Goths at bay...
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