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Saturnalia – Ancient Roman Festival

On This Day – 17 December

The Ancient Romans celebrated the beginning of the Saturnalia with a festival in honour of Saturnus, the god of seed and sowing.

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AD 79 Vesuvius Erupts – Pompeii & Herculaneum

24 August  AD 79 On this Day

Vesuvius erupted and buried the people of Pompeii. The eruption occurred just one day after the Vulcanalia, the festival celebrating Vulcan, a Roman god associated with fire. One eyewitness, Pliny the Younger, compared the smoke shooting up from Mount Vesuvius to a pine tree. Continue reading “AD 79 Vesuvius Erupts – Pompeii & Herculaneum”

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