**Breaking News** Date of the destruction of Pompeii may be wrong

Posted On: Oct 16th, 2018 at 17:55

**Breaking News**

Everyone knows about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, and the subsequent pyroclastic flow that covered the entire town of Pompeii in hot ash, killing all in its path, but has the actual date ever been fully determined?
The recognised date is 24 August 79, based on Pliny the Younger’s detailed account, but certain evidence found, like autumnal fruits, have always cast doubt over that dating.
Now an incredible discovery may have put the date forward by two months to October 79. The remarkable thing about this is that we have a recognised ancient historian versus a bit of what is basically graffiti, and the latter may hold the most vital and more accurate evidence.
For most people altering the date by two months is hardly an earth-shaking revelation (excuse yet another bad pun) but actually this is vital to understanding the life of the people of Pompeii and its sister town, Herculaneum. They are unique in that the hot ash which buried the towns has provided us with the most preserved ancient remains of anywhere from 2,000 years ago, and an invaluable window into ancient Roman living.