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August 24 is the Traditional Anniversary of the Destruction of Pompeii


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  • LONGINUS changed the title to August 24 is the Traditional Anniversary of the Destruction of Pompeii
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6 hours ago, LONGINUS said:


Thank you for the interesting news clip, @Numisnewbie — we can honor the event again in October 👍 !

I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the traditional dates we attribute to ancient events are inaccurate.



And even when specific dates are known for Roman Imperial events, the dates never get translated from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, which one might want to do if one were celebrating an anniversary or birthday.

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Lovely coin and thanks for the reminder!

So conflicting, as this reminds us of a sickening amount of human suffering, that also led to one of the most eye opening and revealing snap shots into a specific time in history. And don't get me started on what poor Titus had to deal with in his short two years, after his dad had totally reigned in a loose empire. 



itus, 79-81. Denarius (AR, 17mm, 3.2 g 6), Rome, 79. T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS Laureate head of Titus to right. Rev. TR POT VIII COS VII Venus standing right, leaning on cippus, holding helmet in her right hand and long transverse scepter in her left. BMC 255. BN 223. Cohen 332. RIC 1078. Purchased from Dara Museum Sept 2021


TITUS (Caesar, 69-79). Denarius. Rome.Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS.

Laureate head right. Rev: COS V. Eagle standing right on altar; head turned left. RIC² 872 (Vespasian). Condition: Very fine. Weight: 2.8 g. Diameter: 19 mm. 

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21 hours ago, Numisnewbie said:

The latest research in Pedar Foss' book https://www.routledge.com/Pliny-and-the-Eruption-of-Vesuvius/Foss/p/book/9780415705462 supports the traditional date. His analyses of the textral as well as archeological evidence to build a convincing case for the 24 August date. So, all is not settled on the question!

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