vesuvius in eruption

i remember when i took Latin in highschool we used these Cambridge Latin textbooks and for Latin 1 you had the standard thing where the characters are a Roman family and most of the book was normal language textbook stuff about basic vocabulary like “here’s vocabulary about the mother raising the young children, here’s vocabulary relating to the father going to his job as a banker” except they also decided the family was gonna be from Pompeii and the last chapter was Vesuvius erupting and took an incredibly incredibly dark turn because the vocab was now like “here’s words for volcano, ash cloud, darkness, fire, lava, death” and then almost all the main characters died

everyone has that one thing they were obsessed with learning about as a kid that never goes away like it could have been years since you last looked something up related to it but the passion is still there man

do me a favour and reblog with what your childhood obsession was like I am so curious about everyone else’s because it can be the most specific thing and it’s amazing

Johan Christian Dahl (1788-1857)
“Eruption of Vesuvius” (1826)

Mount Vesuvius is a volcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples. It is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and several other settlements.


The skeletons of Herculaneum.
Thought to be the remains of those killed following the eruption of mount Vesuvius in 79AD.
The victims were found huddled in groups taking refuge inside the cramped boat houses by the shore. They were possibly awaiting evacuation or hoping for the disaster to pass, but were killed instantly by a blast of debris and gas that melted the flesh from their bones and left them forever frozen in a blanket of ash.

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)
“Mount Vesuvius in Eruption” (1817)
Watercolor on paper
Located in the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, United States