E.S. Posthumus ~ Pompeii

It being the traditional day for the eruption of Pompeii (I don’t think I’ve blogged yet about the alternate day theory), here’s something a bit different I found while poking around looking for Classics-inspired music t’other day:

… it’s just audio, so sit back, relax, and imagine August 24, 79 to get in the gloomy, epic mood of the day …

Circumundique ~ August 23, 2011

Around the Classical blogosphere (and environs) yesterday:

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem ix kalendas septembres

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ante diem ix kalendas septembres

  • rites in honour of Luna at the Graecostasis
  • mundus patet — the mundus was a ritual pit which had a sort of vaulted cover on it. Three times a year the Romans removed this cover (August 24, Oct. 5 and November 8) at which time the gates of the underworld were considered to be opened and the manes (spirits of the dead) were free to walk the streets of Rome.
  • 72 A.D. — martyrdom of Batholomew at Albanopolis
  • 79 A.D. — Vesuvius erupts, burying Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae
  • 410 A.D. — Alaric sacks Rome
  • 1971 — death of Carl Blegen (excavator of Pylos)
  • 1997 — death of Philip Vellacott